USA Today: "Electricity Bills Are Surging, Is It Still Cheaper to Charge an EV than Get Gas? It Depends."
Fellow Beia Spiller, who directs RFF's Transportation Program, shares her thoughts on the relative expense of EV charging vs. gas refueling.
"In most places in the country, it is cheaper to charge your EV than fill up your gas vehicle, and that certainly has been the case for the past decade or so," said energy economist Beia Spiller, director of the transportation program at Resources for the Future. "But that depends on two things: the cost of electricity in your electric service territory, and the cost of gasoline where you live."
"Car buyers have been held hostage for decades now by wild fluctuations in gasoline prices that are completely outside of our ability to change," Spiller said. "With EVs, we remove this issue completely and provide much more independence and security in terms of how we are getting our energy to power our cars."
Fellow; Director, Transportation Program
Beia Spiller is a fellow and the director for RFF's Transportation Program. Her recent research has focused around electric vehicles and environmental justice, exploring some of the most pressing issues around electric car, truck and bus adoption.
Working Paper — Mar 21, 2023
Emissions Standards and Electric Vehicle Targets for Passenger Vehicles
This working paper analyzes welfare and distributional effects of nested US policies affecting plug-in vehicles: state-level zero-emission vehicle standards and national fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for passenger vehicles.
Working Paper — Mar 15, 2023
Vehicle Attribute Tradeoffs and the Distributional Effects of US Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards
This working paper presents welfare and distributional effects of US passenger vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards between 2012 and 2022.
Media Highlight — Jan 30, 2023
CQ Roll Call: "With EV Batteries in Demand, Some in GOP Say 'No' to China"
Senior Fellow Mike Toman is quoted extensively in a widely syndicated article about growing calls for domestic battery production.
On the Issues — Jan 20, 2023
On the Issues: Big Decisions in 2023, Benefits of Electric Vehicles, and More
A biweekly newsletter connecting global current events, pressing climate and energy policy news, and economics research from RFF scholars. This week: big decisions in 2023, benefits of electric vehicles, and more.