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 Subject: Average Driving Cost of Hybrid Vehicles Category: Business and Money Asked by: ikoskela-ga List Price: \$5.00 Posted: 05 Apr 2006 10:37 PDT Expires: 05 May 2006 10:37 PDT Question ID: 715757
 ```AAA indicates the average driving cost in the US is about \$0.56/mile. What is the average driving cost per mile for various hybrid vehicles?``` Request for Question Clarification by efn-ga on 06 Apr 2006 00:30 PDT ```Hi ikoskela, Please take a look at these pages from Consumer Reports and Edmunds: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/high-cost-of-hybrid-vehicles-406/hybrids-vs-all-gas.htm http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/press/105827/article.html If you find these credible sources and a reasonable selection of vehicles, I can do the division and give you an answer with costs per mile. --efn``` Clarification of Question by ikoskela-ga on 06 Apr 2006 09:31 PDT `These sources are perfect. Please proceed. :)`
 Subject: Re: Average Driving Cost of Hybrid Vehicles Answered By: efn-ga on 06 Apr 2006 19:32 PDT Rated:
 ```Hi ikoskela, Thanks for accepting my proposed answer. As you saw, Consumer Reports and Edmunds have estimated five-year total cost of ownership for some hybrid cars on these pages. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/cars/new-cars/high-cost-of-hybrid-vehicles-406/hybrids-vs-all-gas.htm http://www.edmunds.com/help/about/press/105827/article.html Since both assumed 15,000 miles per year, for a total of 75,000 miles, we can just divide the five-year costs by 75,000 to get costs per mile. I have put these results, rounded to the nearest cent, into a table for you. Vehicle CR Edmunds Ford Escape Hybrid 54 67 Honda Accord Hybrid 56 67 Honda Civic Hybrid 38 49 Lexus RX400h 71 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Ltd 63 Toyota Prius 36 51 Search Strategy Besides "hybrid," I found the terms "total cost ownership" worked better than "cost per mile." I hope this information meets your need. --efn```
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 Subject: Re: Average Driving Cost of Hybrid Vehicles From: jack_of_few_trades-ga on 05 Apr 2006 11:58 PDT
 ```Unfortunately I don't think this data is available right now. I did my own analysis of hybrids vs their gas counterparts and found that the hybrid is a worse deal for the wallet and for power. Overall, the average new hybrid will cost about 10% more (potentially much more if the \$5,000 batery dies) than a similar pure gas car from birth to death. This includes all financial costs of owning the car: purchase price federal tax incintive (a negative cost) gas insurance maintanence taxes Of course, most people who buy a hybrid car will buy a smaller car than they would buy if they went for a gas car... so the average hybrid buyer probably saves money compared to what they would have spent. And also, the average hybrid car is designed from a car that guzzles less gas than the average car on the road (notice the largest SUVs and powerful sports cars that are so popular yet have no hybrid counterpart). And finally I'll point out that hybrid cars get less performance than their counterparts. The batteries weigh 700+ lbs. In a small car (compare the ECHO 2000 lbs to the Prius 2800 lbs) that is a HUGE difference when it comes to accelleration. The 2 cars have similar power but very different accelleration rates.```
 Subject: Re: Average Driving Cost of Hybrid Vehicles From: myoarin-ga on 05 Apr 2006 14:59 PDT
 ```There are also hybrids that run on gasoline or natural gas, at least in Europe. They are a whole different game, since when used within range of natural gas filling stations, one can avoid gasoline pricing (taxes!) to a greater extend.```