Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) provide a chance to save a significant amount of money on energy costs, but estimating the amount is much more complicated than using “miles per gallon” and distance traveled as with conventional vehicles. A host of new factors determine which plug-in vehicle can save consumers the most money including electric range, electric efficiency, gasoline efficiency, home electricity price, public charging availability and public charging price.
The UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center has developed EV Explorer, web tool to help consumers evaluate their travel with different PEVs or conventional gasoline vehicles on the market side by side to estimate energy costs. Any of the over 34,000 vehicles available in the fueleconomy.gov database is available to choose from. The tool gives results after simply defining a starting and ending point for a trip.
However, the tool is customizable if the user wants to go further including:
- Changing the frequency of travel
- Adding charging at your destination
- Changing the duration of charging
- Changing the level of charging power
- Changing the price of charging at your destination
- Changing the vehicles you would like to compare
- Changing the MPG of your cars to match your own estimates
- Changing the time to fully charge (you must do this for the Leaf if you have the charger upgrade package to 6.6kW)
- Dragging the destination marker to a new location
- Changing electricity price at home
- Changing the price of gasoline
This project directly benefits California by helping consumers better understand the potential benefits of PEVs. As opposed to other research products by the Center, no previous understanding of PEVs is necessary to get benefit from the tool.
This research is conducted by Tom Turrentine, Michael Nicholas, Gil Tal, and Wei Ji at UC Davis. To learn more about the California Center for Sustainable Community research partners, please click here.
The UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center has developed EV Explorer, web tool to help consumers evaluate their travel with different PEVs or conventional gasoline vehicles on the market side by side to estimate energy costs.
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The UC Davis Plug-in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Research Center is developing a Geographic Information System (GIS) Toolbox for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). The aim of this project is to work with Metropolitan Planning Organization to address issues surrounding electric vehicles that are important to them and collaboratively develop tools to address these issues. Current work focuses on developing a workflow to gather information from constituents from web based surveys and creating GIS tools for analysis of the data. These tools will be made available to other MPOs to incorporate into their workflow to better serve plug-in electric vehicles in their area.