A Smart Question Answered


After a long day of work occasionally you may find yourself in a line. It could be a line at the grocery store, at the post office or even a restaurant. In the midst of waiting, small talk is going on around you. You hear the weather come up, sports teams and these days gas prices seem to be the big topic.

 Almost everyone can relate to the cavity in your pocket that gas prices have caused. It’s an inevitable subject that is happening across the U.S. What can we as the people really do about it? We have to go to work, college and do everyday activities. Some are able to ride a bike and others can walk, but it is plain to see that the prices are here to stay for awhile.

 You have heard about electric cars and how much it could potently save on gas. However, some of you raise a good question. How much does it cost to “charge” your car at home using electricity versus buying a gallon of gas? This is a very good question and we would love to give you an answer.

“When you compare battery to gasoline power, electricity wins hands down. A  study by the non-profit Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) calculated that powering a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) would cost the equivalent of roughly 75 cents per gallon of gasoline—a price not seen at the pump for 30 years.

The calculation was made using an average cost of electricity of 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour and the estimated distance the car would travel on one charge, versus a car that gets 25 miles per gallon and is powered by $3 per gallon gasoline. Change any of those variables and the relative costs change. For example, substituting a car that gets 50 miles per gallon doubles the comparative electrical cost (though it still works out much cheaper than gasoline). On the other hand, in some areas where wind or hydropower is wasted at night—just when the PHEV would be charging—the utility might drop the kilowatt hour cost to two to three cents, making the charge much less costly.” http://www.scientificamerican.com

Around the end of the year Jack Maxton Chevrolet should receive the new Chevy Volt. We are beyond doubt excited for the new technology and can’t wait for its arrival. The Volt just won the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year award. This is the most prestigious award that could be given to an automobile. Even though the car may sound a little futuristic at the moment, when you see more and more of them on the road you may feel a little more educated and at ease with the electric powered car. Think about the first cars that were assembled and how obscene that sounded to the public. The invention went from running on gun powder to kerosene, then finally to gas power.

We are a technical based society and this means we are always looking for new ways to advance the vehicle. Not only is it revolutionary, it is necessary. Have any questions about the Volt? Feel free to call our talented Sales Specialists at 1-877-331-1678 or visit www.jackmaxton.com.

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2 responses to “A Smart Question Answered

  1. Don’t want to sound dumb but what if your are driving and you run out of electricity on the electric volt.?

    • That is a great question! The Volt will tell you the amount of charge that it has left, a full charge will last you about 35 miles. If you decide not to stop and charge the car will switch over to gas. If you were going on a 100 mile trip the goal would be to stop and charge your car the whole way. You will start to see more gas stations that will have charging stations. This is where the question pops up… how much is it to charge versus buying a gallon of gas? Gas right now is over $4.00 dollars a gallon; this is equivilant to .75 cents in electric charge.
      Thank you for the question alcrystal!

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