The UC Davis EV Explorer will help you determine if a plug-in vehicle is right for you.
The website is designed to help people compare up to 4 different vehicles, including gasoline and plug-in electric vehicles, side by side on an energy cost basis. Just put in your destination and frequency of travel and the yearly costs will instantly appear for four common vehicles. You can specify your charger access to get an accurate cost for public charger use.
The website is part of a California Energy Commission project designed to give tools to planning organizations for electric vehicles. When we interviewed planning organizations, they needed not only planning tools for their own modelers, but for their constituents to make informed decisions. Hence, the EV explorer was born.
The inputs are endlessly customizable, to fit your charging and driving profile. You can personalize your inputs including:
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions below if you have any questions about the inputs and the functions of the website.
Even though it was designed for California, it can work anywhere in the world as long as vehicles are similar to one of the over 34,000 in the fueleconomy.gov database and you can convert from miles to kilometers and gallons to liters. Full unit conversion will have to wait for version 2.0. If you do have any comments, feel free to leave them in the form found in the instructions.
We’d like to acknowledge different groups which helped make this website possible.