Miles Per Gallon

One of the most common questions people ask me when they find out I’ve got an electric car is what kind of mileage I get. My usual answer is, “I get about 275 miles per charge.”

“No, I mean how many miles per gallon do you get?” they ask. “Like twenty, thirty, more?” My answer, “zero,” always gets a quizzical look.

“What do you mean zero?” they ask. I have to explain that my car doesn’t run on gas, it’s electric, so gallons of gas and miles per gallon are irrelevant.

“Then how do you know if your electric car is getting good mileage?” they ask.

“I have a gauge on my car that tells me how many miles per kilowatt hour (mi/kWh) my car is getting,” I say. “I usually average between 4.8 to 5.2 miles/kWh.”

Another quizzical look. “Is that good?” they ask.

I honestly didn’t know how to answer that question, so I Googled it. Here’s what a learned:

To calculate a miles per gallon equivalent for an electric vehicle, just take the miles per kWh figure and multiply by 40. So an efficient 4 miles per kWh electric car is the equivalent of a 160 MPG car. Even a relatively inefficient electric car offering 2.5 miles per kWh would be the equivalent of 100 MPG in a gas or diesel car.

“To answer your question,” I say to the person who asked me what kind of mileage I get, “if I average 5 miles/kWh, that means a get an equivalent of around 200 miles per gallon.”

“Wow!” is their common response.

17 thoughts on “Miles Per Gallon

  1. pensitivity101 July 8, 2022 / 12:29 pm

    It is impressive Fandango. How much does it cost to charge your car and how long does it take?

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    • Fandango July 8, 2022 / 2:09 pm

      I don’t know, as I haven’t taken the time to compare my before/after electric bills. But according to the U.S. Energy department, the average U.S. household pays nearly 14 cents per kWh. It takes about five-to six hours to fully charge my car and I do that overnight maybe once every ten days or so.


      • pensitivity101 July 9, 2022 / 1:05 am

        Some households here are being charged an extortionate amount for a charging point to be installed. I don’t know what the charges are though. Apparently all new property builds must have one, but many don’t have drives or garages!

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    • Fandango July 8, 2022 / 2:10 pm

      About 3700 pounds.


        • Fandango July 8, 2022 / 3:41 pm

          The electric model is actually about 700 pounds heavier than the gas model of the same car!

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      • Mister Bump UK July 8, 2022 / 2:17 pm

        Ah no, I misread. About the same? I’d have though you’d be lighter.


  2. msjadeli July 8, 2022 / 4:00 pm

    I think electric beats gasoline but something is generating the electricity that feeds your car. What generates the electricity? Also, the batteries used to power your car are a landfill’s nightmare if everybody goes electric. We need a better way… I saw small nautilus-shaped windmills being tested for individual homes and they say one can provide half of the electricity needed for a house.

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    • Fandango July 8, 2022 / 4:03 pm

      You make valid points about the source of electricity and the environmentally safe way to dispose of batteries.


  3. Marleen July 8, 2022 / 4:18 pm

    The timing just really worked out, didn’t it?

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  4. Nope, Not Pam July 9, 2022 / 3:39 am

    Ok, still lost

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