To coincide with the start of the North American International Auto Show (also known as the Detroit Auto Show), C2G, LLC announces the launch of the Electric Car Commuting Calculator, a Facebook application that calculates how much money you’d save driving an electric car to work.
Already a Top 10 application in the Facebook Auto category, the Commuting Calculator determines the amount of money you’ll save commuting to work in an electric car compared to your current vehicle. It does this by calculating the fuel cost of your daily work commute and subtracting the electricity costs associated with driving an electric vehicle to arrive at a monthly and annual cost savings.
Although simple in appearance, there are actually some sophisticated processes running behind the scenes. For example, the Commuting Calculator identifies gas prices near your home address from 80,000 stations across the US which makes the commuting cost personally relevant to you. It also identifies the proper grade of fuel for your vehicle (regular, premium or diesel) from a vehicle database of more than 20,000 vehicles going back 20 years. The electricity costs are determined by the EPA’s cost-per-mile findings for both the Volt and the Leaf.
You’ll note we’ve also built the application on the Facebook platform to make it easy to share with friends, but you don’t have to be a Facebook member to use it as its available for free to anyone with access to the Internet.
To visit the application go to http://apps.facebook.com/costtodrive or go to Facebook.com and type in ‘Commuting Calculator’ in the search box.
Give it a try and let us know what you think!
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Tagged automobiles, calculator, commute, cost, electric car, environment, EV, Facebook, Facebook app, green, Leaf, volt
For our inaugural post on the Cost2Go blog I thought it might be fun to look into the future by adding the Chevrolet Volt into our Galculator (fuel cost calculator) on Cost2Drive. The timing of this coincides with two conferences in Texas this week; TravelCom 2010 in Dallas and the SXSW music/film/technology conference in Austin where Chevrolet is a sponsor, and will be hosting a Chevy Volt Recharge lounge at the event.
So what would it cost to drive a Chevy Volt if we had one in our hands today? Well, first we need to understand the fuel economy of the vehicle. We looked to a CNN/Money article from last summer to learn that the Volt is expected to get 230 mpg for commuting-type driving and 62.5 mpg for longer distance highway driving where the route extends the 300 mile range of the vehicle (based on a 6 gallon fuel tank).
We’ve plugged this information into our Galculator on Cost2Drive so you can now select the 2011 Chevrolet Volt as your vehicle and find the cost of driving any route in the US. Our Galculator also calculates the cost of flying for trips over 200 miles so you can see if its cheaper to drive a Chevy Volt or cheaper to fly. You can also use it to compare the cost of driving your own car versus the Chevy Volt.
Just for kicks we entered the route from Lansing, MI to Austin, TX (location of the SXSW conference) driving a Chevrolet Volt and the cost is $59 each way based on current fuel prices along the route. The cheapest airfare for that route is $277 (roundtrip on Delta) so in this case its definitely cheaper to drive…if you don’t mind spending 2 days on the road.
Check it out here and select the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and let us know what you think!
(Note that our Galculator does not yet include the cost of electricity so that cost, though likely nominal, is not factored into the cost calculations)