The longer your commute, the more you save by driving an electric vehicle, according to a survey released Friday by B.C. Hydro.
The provincial power utility estimates that consumers could save thousands of dollars a year by switching from a vehicle powered by fossil fuels to one powered by electricity. A commuter driving the 80-km round trip from Surrey to Vancouver, for example, would spend $409 a year in an electric Nissan Leaf, according to the survey.
Driving a fossil-fuelled Honda Civic would cost an estimated $2,200 or about $1,700 more a year; a Toyota RV4, $2,519, or $2,000 more; and a Ford F150, $3,779 or $3,200 more. The B.C. Hydro calculations are based on an electric vehicle costing the equivalent of 25 cents a litre in gasoline.