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Study compares electric vehicle charge costs vs. gas -- and results were surprising

Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Automotive News

Last year Patrick Anderson went electric: He got a Porsche Taycan EV in dark blue.

Anderson, who is CEO of East Lansing, Michigan-based economic consulting firm Anderson Economic Group, loves the zippy acceleration and "exciting" features the car offers. He also gets satisfaction in knowing that driving an EV benefits the environment, he said.

But Anderson's joy comes with a dark side.

"They are a wonderful driving experience. But at the same time, they're an enormous burden in time and in energy in finding chargers and getting them charged," Anderson said. "And you're not really saving much in terms of charging costs ... you may be paying more."

Costs to drive an EV compared with a gasoline car are detailed in a report Anderson Economic released Thursday called "Comparison: Real World Cost of Fueling EVs and ICE Vehicles."

The study has four major findings:

 

—There are four additional costs to powering EVs beyond electricity: cost of a home charger, commercial charging, the EV tax and "deadhead" miles.

—For now, EVs cost more to power than gasoline costs to fuel an internal combustion car that gets reasonable gas mileage.

—Charging costs vary more widely than gasoline prices.

—There are significant time costs to finding reliable public chargers — even then a charger could take 30 minutes to go from 20% to an 80% charge.

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