• Sep 7th 2011 at 4:59PM
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We know, we know: there's an app for everything. If you want to calculate your fuel costs for an upcoming trip, then, well, there's a new app for that.
Released last week, Cost2Drive is currently available at the introductory price of $1.99. The idea here is to do some math behind the scenes and calculate your vehicle's mile per gallon rating with the current gasoline costs along the way. You could, of course, access most of the information through the Cost2Drive website, but the app allows you to store your vehicle details (up to five separate models) for easier access – and your iPhone is also a bit easier to pack. Still, we like using the website because it offers random tidbits, like "A trip from New York to Los Angeles costs $346 in a Hummer H3 and $111 in a Toyota Prius."

Jim Kovarik, the President of C2G, the company behind the website and app, told AutoblogGreen that, "[The app] also helps [drivers] save money by locating the cheapest gas at refueling points on their trip. No other mobile application provides this set of features."

We wish you could adjust the built-in mpg rating for whatever car you're using, because some people drive more efficiently than others, but we can see this being a helpful little tool now and again.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks for the review of our new app! Many of the 50K people that visit our site each month are coming from iPhone and Android devices so glad we can finally get this app in the iPhone users' hands. Regarding the ability to enter your own MPG, we do provide that capability in the app, just click on the 'I can't find my vehicle' link on the vehicle selection screen and it will let you enter your own vehicle and MPG specs. However we can improve the messaging and functionality here and so will look into that. Thanks for the feedback.
      fairfireman21
      • 3 Years Ago
      All you need to do is know your cars mpg ratings in our case 23/32. we took a 720 mile round trip this summer and I was off by $20. I found the middle of the range 27.5 mpg, figured the miles for the trip estemated the cost of gas and came home $20 richer. I did not have to spend hundreds on a useless phone and net service for it, or had to pay whatever to have something on my phone I would use once maybe twice a year, just 10 mins of basic math, and Google Earth.
      • 3 Years Ago
      very nice app. The increased cost of driving here in the US is a huge issue especially with the current economic crunch. Alternative fuel vehicles are out there, however they are not catching on for a number of reasons it seems: http://gas2.org/2011/09/08/2-to-1%E2%80%94the-leaf-is-outselling-the-volt-as-fall-approaches/
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wanted to let everyone know that we released a new version of our app that now integrates Kayak airfare information so you can quickly see if its cheaper to drive or fly to your destination. If you get a chance to try it out let us know what you think.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Google Maps already does this automatically, when you do a driving directions search with it set to automobile.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I believe the google maps feature is only available on Google maps in Europe and uses the average country price of fuel for the departure location only (it uses UK prices for a trip from London to Rome). We use actual real time gas prices from gas stations along the entire route (not country averages) from over 100,000 stations across the US. Also, the Google Maps feature only lets you enter one of three types of vehicles (compact, standard and high consumption), where our app has over 20,000 vehicles so its customized to the fuel efficiency of the exact vehicle you are driving which will provide much more accurate cost estimates.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Right, it is only in Europe and does use the average from the country of origin, though I've found it to be pretty accurate when I've used it. It's a rough estimate, but it helps. I believe it also estimates tolls, very important in Europe, where the toll costs driving across, say, France, can often add up to more then train travel. I hope your app does so as well. Either way, it's a useful little tool, best of luck with it.
      Actionable Mango
      • 3 Years Ago
      "We wish you could adjust the built-in mpg rating for whatever car you're using, because some people drive more efficiently than others" That kills the app for me right there, although I suppose you could just select any car with an MPG rating identical to the actual MPG of your actual car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Actionable Mango
        You can actually manually enter and save custom vehicle information by clicking on the 'can't find your car' link on the 'Select your vehicle' screen. Going forward we'll build in the capability to adjust the MPG of cars we have in our database based on this feedback. Thanks!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Or you could do remedial math. Divide miles by mpg and multiply by $4. WOW!
        Actionable Mango
        • 3 Years Ago
        You lost 90% of Americans with the word "divide" and the other 10% when you added "multiply" to the formula.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yep, but people love to have something some obvious done for them, or 'it doesn't count'!
      JRBEINGINEER
      • 3 Years Ago
      My 2010 Prius is efficient, but it will NOT make it from New York to Los Angeles on $111 worth of gas! At 50 mpg and $3.50 per gallon (Midwest price), it comes to $0.07/mile for gas, for a total more like $200. Starting on the east coast and having to buy gas in some higher-priced markets along the way would kick the cost up even higher.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @JRBEINGINEER
        @JRBENGINEER Ah, you're using the information from our Fun Facts blurb - you're absolutely right. Our application will show the correct amount ($215) we just need to update the text on the Fun Facts. Thanks!
          • 3 Years Ago
          btw - the cost of driving a Hummer cross country is now $686 based on current gas prices.
      Ashton Martin
      • 3 Years Ago
      This proves any idea can make money if you make it an app.
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