Argonne-developed Tool Helps Car Buyers Compare Electric and Traditional Vehicles

Consumers seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles can check out a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool created by Argonne National Laboratory.

The consumer education tool, “EVolution: Education on E-Drive Vehicles,” which originally debuted in Midwest-only states in early 2018, is now available for consumers to use nationwide.

Developed as part of the Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience) project, the vehicle-research tool is now available for use in all 50 states. Argonne is one of 60 partners on the Midwest EVOLVE project.

The EVolution tool is designed to help car buyers make informed decisions when purchasing a new vehicle. It 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.

The EVolution website connects to the Alternative Fuels Data Center,, U.S. Energy Information Administration websites, and others in one convenient platform to provide the most recent information about electric-drive and conventional powertrain types, public charging locations, and available incentives.

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