Battle of the Commuters: EVs take on gasoline and the rails

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What is the best tool for commuting: a Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Prius, Ford Focus or a commuter train? The team at decided to put all five to the test in a recent comparison. Starting out at the Chicago headquarters, the team embarked on a 64.5-mile loop to see what mode of transportation could be crowned Abe Froman.

The results are not that surprising, but they do demonstrate the power of a pure electric vehicle driven in an urban setting. We won't give away all of the results, but the picture above should tell you which automobile was the cheapest to operate. The crew makes a few interesting points, and provides great analysis into their commuting competition. Head on over and give their story a read.

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