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Is it cheaper to refuel your EV battery or gas tank? We did the math in all 50 states

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馃棡锔 Driving the news: Electric vehicles (EVs) are growing in popularity, yet there is a misconception that refueling them costs more than refilling gasoline cars
• Researchers from Energy Innovation have conducted a study to nail down the true cost of refueling in all 50 states, revealing that, in most cases, it's cheaper to fill up with electrons

馃敪 The context: The cost of recharging EVs can vary by state, time of day, and the charger used 
• Additionally, factors like road taxes, rebates, and battery efficiency complicate the final calculation 
• By considering all these variables, the study found significant savings with EVs in many regions, with the cost advantage being more pronounced in areas like the Pacific Northwest

馃寧 Why does it matter for the planet: Switching to EVs has environmental benefits, as they emit far less greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline-powered vehicles

鈴笍 What's next: With renewable capacity expanding and EV efficiency improving, refuelling costs for electric vehicles are expected to decrease even further
• The total cost of ownership of EVs is already thought to be cheaper, and the sticker price for some EVs is expected to fall below comparable gasoline cars soon

馃搱 One stat: In Washington state, it costs about $115 to fill up a gasoline Ford F-150, delivering 483 miles of range
• By contrast, recharging an electric F-150 Lightning to cover the same distance costs about $34 — an $80 savings

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