Power shift: Oregon's EV charging rates stand up nationally

In Oregon, it costs nearly four times more to drive a car, in terms of distance traveled, than to drive an electric vehicle, according to an Energy Department report.

In Oregon, it costs nearly four times more to drive a car, in terms of distance traveled, than to drive an electric vehicle, according to an Energy Department report. 

Oregon's electric vehicle owners pay nearly 33 percent less for driving their EVs than their nationwide counterparts.

So reports the Energy Department, which released a state-by-state "eGallon" price guideTuesday that compares both electric charge costs as well as the price of driving EVs as opposed to paying for gas.

Oregon's eGallon price is 96 cents, compared to $1.14 nationwide. The figure means a typical electric vehicle could travel as far on 96 cents worth of electricity as a similar car could travel on a gallon of gasoline.

Oregon counts just short of 2,000 electric vehicles in the state. Officials hope the figure will increase to 30,000 by 2015.

The eGallon price varies from state to state based on the price of electricity. More than 50,000 plug-in electric vehicles were sold nationally last year, triple the number sold in 2011.

Washington residents pay just 84 cents an eGallon for their EV power.

The Oregon eGallon cost is nearly 75 percent lower than the $3.74 residents paid this week for a gallon of gas.

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