U.S. Argonne National Laboratory has developed a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool for consumers in seven U.S. Midwest states seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles. Evolution: Choices for a Smarter Purchase was created as a part of an innovative clean-vehicle program recently launched in the Midwest. States currently covered by the new tool are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
The guidance tool starts with consumers’ purchase considerations — such as purchase price — and compares the monetary and environmental benefits of various passenger electric-drive vehicles and equivalent conventionally fueled models.
Entering your zip code generates customized results pertaining to local fuel and electricity prices, vehicle purchase price accounting for incentives, charging availability and commute time to determine cost of ownership. A map showing public chargers by location and type is also provided to assess a user’s potential charging availabilities.