Alternative Fuels Data Center: Vehicle Cost Calculator

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This tool uses basic information about your driving habits to calculate total cost of ownership and
emissions for makes and models of most vehicles, including alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles.
Also see the cost calculator widgets.

Tell us how you use your car

Because vehicle efficiencies vary depending on how you use your car, this information allows the
tool to more accurately calculate fuel usage.

Normal Daily Use

Weeks per year

Annual Driving Distance

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Other Trips

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Electric Vehicle Total Cost Of Ownership Calculator

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Cars


Published on March 28th, 2020 |
by Zachary Shahan





March 28th, 2020 by Zachary Shahan 


We’re quite fond of running and publishing total cost of ownership forecasts here, whether comparing the Tesla Model 3 with the BMW 3 Series, comparing the Tesla Model Y with the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S, or comparing the Volkswagen ID.3 with the Volkswagen Golf. California utility PG&E Corporation has also joined the cost of ownership fun. It has a cost of ownership calculation tool for 52 electric vehicles on the market in California (plug-in hybrids as well as fully electric vehicles).

The example on the first page is the Tesla Model 3 Long Range versus the Volkswagen Golf R.

Clicking for details on what goes into the calculations, you get the following table, indicating that the 5 year cost of ownership comparison takes into account estimates for upfront

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Car Payment Calculator

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Fuel Costs

Whether a buyer is considering new or used options, one important factor in the decision must be fuel costs. As gas prices rise in the U.S., fuel costs have become a salient consideration. Inefficient vehicles, such as large SUVs and trucks, not only cost more for fuel to operate, but in many areas, these large gas-guzzlers are considered environmentally irresponsible. No matter the buyer’s views on the environment, driving a fuel efficient car will save money. Vehicles generally become more efficient over time as new models meet stricter fuel efficiency requirements. If you are a long distance commuter for work, it might be worth paying more for a new vehicle to save on the cost of fuel.

Energy efficient cars are generally smaller than full-sized or luxury vehicles. Very efficient options include those that operate with electricity, such as hybrid models. Though most hybrids, such as the Prius,

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