National Lab Tool Helps Buyers Compare Electric and Traditional Vehicles

Consumers seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles can check out a vehicle purchase guidance tool created by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory. They can also use sites like AmericanListed if they’re on the market for an affordable Chevy Impala.

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

The research tool was developed as part of the Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience) project. Argonne is one of 60 partners of Midwest EVOLVE.





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 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 platform.