Cost of Fueling EV and ICE Q1 2022

Mid-priced ICE vehicle fueling costs up over $1.30 per 100 miles in Q1 2022

This release updates our analysis first published in Real World Cost of Fueling EVs and ICE Vehicles.

Cost to fuel a mid-priced EV up less than $0.10 over 2021 prices
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East Lansing, MI–May 11, 2022: The cost of fueling a traditional Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicle grew by more than $1.30 per 100 miles in the first quarter, driven by the high cost of gas. In the same period, the cost to fuel a comparable Electric Vehicle (EV) grew by less than $0.10.

This conclusion is the result of Anderson Economic Group’s Q1 2022 analysis of the real-world costs of operating both types of vehicles based upon prices in the first three months of 2022.


Q1 data show increases in both electricity and fuel prices, but gas and diesel have increased more severely. “As a result of higher gas prices, electric vehicles became a better value proposition in 2021 than in prior years,” said Patrick Anderson, AEG’s Principal and CEO.

Key findings for the four major vehicle segments are as follows:

  • Mid-priced carsICE vehicle drivers still enjoy a fueling cost advantage over EV drivers who use mostly commercial charging. However, that cost advantage has dipped by $1.27 since 2021. Mid-priced EVs charged mostly at home now cost about $0.75 less to fuel than their ICE counterparts. In 2021, mid-priced EVs cost $0.45 more.
  • Luxury carsDrivers of more expensive cars continued to see an EV cost advantage. Counting all four categories of costs, luxury car drivers needed over $20 to fuel ICE vehicles for 100 miles in Q1, but less than $12 to fuel a luxury electric car (assuming mostly home charging). Even luxury EV drivers more reliant upon commercial chargers enjoyed a cost advantage of more than $4 per 100 miles.
  • Pickup trucks, entry-priced carsIn Q1 2022, there were still insufficient EVs to meaningfully evaluate these two segments. Notably, we continue to see no electric cars on the market with an entry-level purchase price.

Cost of Fueling Electric and Internal Combustion Vehicles

Direct Monetary Cost per 100 Miles, Q1 2022

Source: Anderson Economic Group Research (May 2022).

Note: Methodology described in Second Edition: Real World Cost of Fueling EVs and ICE Vehicles

Cost of Fueling EV and ICE Q1 2022

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