Battery EVs Best Way to Go for Fleets, Pike Research Says

Bat­tery elec­tric vehi­cles (BEVs) are the way to for fleet man­agers to go, accord­ing to Pike Research’s “Total Cost of Own­er­ship of Alter­na­tive Fuel Vehi­cles for Fleet Oper­a­tors.” Researchers ana­lyzed date com­par­ing pur­chase price plus life­cy­cle fuel costs of mid-size cars in the US mar­ket. A BEV-100 (bat­tery elec­tric vehi­cle with a 100-mile range, such as the Nis­san Leaf) with tax cred­it has the low­est total cost of own­er­ship at $34,995 when elec­tric­i­ty prices are low. That varies if elec­tric­i­ty prices go up (goes to No. 4 on list of prices high) and doesn’t take infra­struc­ture costs into account. Hybrids and four-cylin­der gas engine com­pact cars were next on the list.

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