AEP Ohio launches comparison tool for EV lovers


US utility AEP Ohio has launched an online tool that allows vehicle owners to compare the total cost of ownership and operation of electric vehicles versus conventionally-powered diesel or petrol vehicles.

“As more customers consider making the switch to an electric vehicle, AEP Ohio wanted to provide a tool that helps them understand the total cost of owning an EV compared to a vehicle with a traditional engine,” Julie Volpe Walker, AEP Ohio energy efficiency program manager, said. “With the lower cost to operate, EVs often offer a lower cost of ownership over five years.”

One of the major setbacks has been the “unknowns” surrounding the cost of running and maintaining an EV, and a typically higher initial price, but Enervee corporation through its own research, established that up to 84% of consumers would buy an EV, if they could see a cost benefit relative to conventionally-powered vehicles.

The site, is free and publically-accessible, and hosts a variety of cost and general information top-of-mind with potential EV buyers.

Costing information includes suggested retail prices, likely charging costs, and possible rebates on a listed vehicle. Customers can also calculate annual charging costs through a mix of user-data such as commute information and charging rates The site also includes EV battery capacity and performance information as well as a map of nearby charging facilities.

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