Car Energy & Emissions Comparison Tool

2023-24 U.S. Vehicle Models

HOW IT WORKS1. Select two vehicles to compare.2. View the results below.3. (OPTIONAL) Adjust annual driving distance, energy costs,
and charging location for more tailored results.

Please open on Mac or Windows to use interactive tool.


WHAT IS CHRGD?CHRGD is a tool for comparing the annual Energy Cost and Carbon Emissions you can expect from specific car models. The tool supports most cars, pickup trucks, and SUVs powered by gas or electricity that are currently available in the U.S.WHY NOT JUST USE MPGe?MPGe is most common metric used to compare an electric vehicle’s efficiency to a gas vehicle’s. However, MPGe is a mostly meaningless without factoring in your local energy prices and electric power sources, which vary widely across the U.S. Factoring these in can completely change the effective energy cost and carbon emission impacts you can expect from choosing one vehicle model vs. another.CHRGD combines all three inputs to make it easy to understand the cost and emission impacts you can expect from each car model:
—A measure of the car model’s efficiency (CHRGD references a database car model and their efficiency)
—Your local average gas and electricity prices (you can customize these)
—Your local electric grid’s mix of energy sources (e.g. solar, wind, nuclear, gas, coal, etc)
ARE THERE ANY COMMON TRENDS IN RESULTS?In most cases, you’ll find an electric vehicle model will radically lower your driving emissions and will save you substantial money on energy costs. But there are major differences between electric models and some high-MPG gas cars can compete on energy cost—but rarely, if ever, on emissions.WHAT IMPACT CAN THIS HAVE?If all cars in the U.S. were replaced with even a moderately efficient EV, it would:
—Save Americans over $290 billion per year on energy costs
—Prevent emissions equivalent to chopping down over 1 billion trees
—Reduce total U.S. emissions (from all sources) by over 17%
That’s enough to decrease global emissions by a measurable amount, and a big step towards limiting climate change to less than 3.5℉.DOESN’T MANUFACTURING NEW CARS ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE (AND COST A LOT OF MONEY)?Yes. Manufacturing cars causes carbon emissions, and those emissions tend to be higher for electric cars than gas-powered ones. However, an EV’s lower driving emissions typically more than make up for the difference. Over the life of the car—and more importantly the life of the metals used in its battery (many of which can be re-used in a future car)—the emissions savings continue to accrue. This is part of the reason CHRGD strong recommends buying pre-owned.Happy car shopping!

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