Gas vs. Electric Comparison Tool

Gas vs Electric

Explore the differences in costs between the average $/gal gasoline or diesel versus electricity. We have gathered data representing the major metropolitan areas across the United States.

In a high-powered application like vehicle (EV) fast charging, the difference between controlled, optimally balanced vs. unrestrained EV charging could be 3X in cost from your local electric utility. Adding to this problem, how do you forecast electric fueling costs? How do you ensure your EVs will be charged and ready to go when they are needed, day in, day out? 

ACT EXPO April 2019

Come See Us at ACT EXPO April 2019

Visit booth #1913 and meet our experts in person!

Join us April 23-26, 2019 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California for the 2019 Advanced Clean Transportation “ACT” Expo. All weight classes and alternative fuel types are represented—electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane auto gas, and renewable fuels—providing a one-stop clean transportation experience.

During the four-day event, public and private fleet operators will share why they are continuing to push forward with alternative fuels and efficiency technologies despite recent plummets in oil prices—including long-term fuel price stability, lower emissions, new business opportunities, and more.

     •Experience four days of educational sessions and workshops.

     •Visit 200+ exhibitors featuring the wide range of alternative fuel and efficiency solutions.

     •Catered networking events give you the ability to connect with 3,500+ clean transportation stakeholders.

     •Post event access to download 100+ speaker presentations.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 – Friday, April 26, 2019
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Pacific Time


Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, California 90802

Simplifying Fleet Electrification

Simplifying Fleet Electrification

An ACT News Executive Interview with Vic Shao

Vic Shao previously founded Green Charge Networks—a distributed energy storage provider—and has more than a decade of expertise negotiating power purchase agreements. After his former company was acquired by international electricity provider, ENGIE, he has now turned his focus on electrifying the commercial transportation sector.

Vic will be joining a panel of industry experts discussing how to properly plan for fleet electrification in an upcoming EV Charging Infrastructure Workshop at ACT Expo, where AMPLY will also be exhibiting on the tradeshow floor.

ACT News caught up with Vic to learn more about the opportunities and challenges fleet operators are facing as they begin to electrify and how AMPLY’s vehicle charging service model and technology platform may be a helpful solution.

ACT News: Electricity as a fuel is a relatively new concept, even for experienced fleet managers. How much price variability should fleet operators expect when fueling with electricity?

Vic Shao: To put it in gasoline-equivalent terms, imagine a fleet operator could pay as little as $1.20 per gallon of gasoline, or could pay as much as $18 for that same gallon. That’s exactly what it’s like when dealing with electricity as a fuel. And, oftentimes this variability is in a single day.

For example, in California, the peak energy charges could be $0.30 a kilowatt hour, while the off-peak could be $0.08 per kilowatt hour. That’s almost a 4x difference. And this is just for kilowatt hours.

Demand charges are determined by the highest 15 minutes of peak energy flow rate during a billing cycle. In California, peak demand charges can be as much as $40 a kilowatt hour in a summer, peak-time-of-use scenario.

So, there really is an incredible amount of volatility and unpredictability with electricity pricing. This can be avoided or optimized by putting a proper charging strategy in place to “fuel up” your electric vehicles.

There really is an incredible amount of volatility and unpredictability with electricity pricing. This can be avoided or optimized by putting a proper charging strategy in place to “fuel up” your electric vehicles.

ACT News: Why was this the right time to launch AMPLY’s charging-as-a-service model? And for fleet managers, why is this the right time to get on board with AMPLY?

Vic Shao: There’s certainly political support now, especially in California and New York, and there’s also a rising awareness of climate change and the effect of carbon emissions.

However, the time is right for fleet operators to transition to electric because the economics are finally aligning. Earlier this year, AMPLY did a study comparing electric fueling costs to diesel or gasoline fueling costs across the US. We really did our homework, looked at state and local tariffs, and found that in 19 out of the top 25 metros in the US, it is more economical to operate electric for transit, school bus, sanitation, delivery and light-duty fleets.

ACT News: What are the biggest challenges and hurdles still out there for scaling commercial BEV adoption?

Vic Shao: One of the biggest challenges is that it’s still very difficult to understand the total cost of ownership, performance and reliability implications of operating a commercial electric fleet. For instance, if you manage and operate a fleet of electric refuse trucks, it’s simply not acceptable for a truck to not be able to run its route for the day because it wasn’t plugged in overnight. Fleet operators cannot take that risk. Ensuring that every electric asset is fueled up and ready to go for the next day is not as straightforward as you would think.

Many of the logistical concerns fleet managers must take into consideration are completely unique to managing and operating an electric fleet. For instance, cords that create tripping hazards or can’t reach a plug while a vehicle is charging, high powered chargers that are extremely sensitive to ambient temperatures, different charge rates when a battery is at 5% versus 50%–these are new issues that a fleet manager would never have had to consider with a diesel fleet.

When combined, these factors become a real roadblock to scaling BEV adoption.

Instead of unknowns and variables, AMPLY offers simplicity while guaranteeing that every vehicle will have a 90% state of charge every 24 hours. AMPLY eliminates all of the complexity so that the fleet no longer has to deal with them. And, from a standpoint of scaling these deployments, decision makers will become more and more comfortable seeing continued reliability, performance, as well as a cost savings. That’s when these vehicles will really start to scale.

We found that in 19 out of the top 25 metros in the US, it is more economical to operate electric for transit, school bus, sanitation, delivery and light-duty fleets.

ACT News: You mentioned that AMPLY guarantees that every electric vehicle will have a 90% state of charge every 24 hours. How is AMPLY able to offer this guarantee and what does this mean for fleet managers?

Vic Shao: We’re able to achieve the AMPLY guarantee by first putting a few critical building blocks in place.

First, we offer reliable hardware and equipment. This is still a relatively new class of hardware and at AMPLY, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in equipment procurement. We take pride in making the time to dive into the weeds with our vendors and ensuring we are procuring the most reliable and quality hardware for our customers. And since AMPLY bills our customers by the mile, if our equipment is down or not performing correctly, AMPLY isn’t getting paid, so it is in our best interest to do this right the first time

Secondly, by working with utilities on deployment and connection. This is a critical stage, and from my experience, one that causes many projects to get stalled. Again, AMPLY takes immense pride in having the right people on our staff who know the tricks of the trade in dealing with local utilities which can oftentimes be a huge headache for fleet operators.

Lastly, by the actual operations and maintenance. We have real time visibility, real time communications, and proactive monitoring and maintenance. If anything goes wrong on site, we work with local service technicians. Again, our mission is to keep it as simple and easy for fleet operators as possible.

Our mission is to keep it as simple and easy for fleet operators as possible.

ACT News: What are some of the other specific fleet sectors that AMPLY feels are prime for electrification, and for working with AMPLY? At what size and stage can AMPLY step in and start benefitting fleet operators?

Vic Shao: In the public Sector: airport shuttles, transit agencies, school buses, and sanitation departments. In the private sector: last mile delivery, truck and vehicle leasing operations, and autonomous fleets. We are seeing high growth especially in the private sector, with certain companies wanting to electrify everything right away.

We can engage and support any size fleet and at any point. Whether a fleet manager is just starting to consider electric vehicles or are already operating them in their fleet today, AMPLY can help. Regardless, we’ll work with them to establish a custom plan to ensure their mission critical vehicles are charged and ready to use when needed.

ACT News: Any final thoughts?

Vic Shao: AMPLY is a service. We are not about selling hardware or another software management tool for a fleet to figure out on their own. There are plenty of companies in the marketplace and we happily work with them all.

Being a service provider, and being able to offer exceptional service to our customers, it comes down to our people. We’ve built an exceptional team. And we all have the same goal: to be an advocate and long-term partner working alongside our customers. Because, we don’t succeed unless our customer succeeds.

Former California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla J. Peterman Joins Board of Advisors

Former California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla J. Peterman Joins Board of Advisors for Electric Vehicle Charging-as-a-Service AMPLY Power

Peterman Joins to Support AMPLY’s Mission to Simplify Municipal and Commercial Fleet Electrification for Electric Buses, Trucks and EVs.

[Mountain View, CA, Feb 05, 2019 – PR Newswire] AMPLY Power

As fleet operators, port authorities and transit agencies scale from electric vehicle pilots to full implementation, former California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla J. Peterman has joined the advisory board of AMPLY Power. An expert in electric vehicle policy, Peterman brings a wealth of experience to the AMPLY advisory board to assist in advocacy for commercial fleet electrification.

“A career in public service has illustrated to me that to create lasting change, policies are not enough. Policy must be coupled with smart resources and services that appeal to customers,” said Peterman. “AMPLY’s charging-as-a-service approach is a great example of this as it removes the complexities that experts predict could hinder electric vehicle adoption by offering end-to-end management to de-risk the leap into electrification. I look forward to supporting AMPLY as they work with fleet operators, utilities and more to accelerate fleet electrification on a national scale.”

During her service as a CPUC commissioner (2013-2018), Peterman oversaw numerous clean-energy initiatives, including the approval of $965 million of utility investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. With a key focus on fleets, these initiatives resulted in the creation of PG&E’s EV Fleet program and Southern California Edison’s Charge Ready program, among others.

Through its Charging-as-a-Service (CaaS) platform AMPLY removes the risks and complexities related to the charging logistics of electric buses, trucks and passenger vehicles for fleet owners and operators, in exchange for predictable pricing and a guarantee that vehicles are fully charged at the start of each workday. With its one-of-a-kind offering, AMPLY simplifies charging logistics and provides certainty on electric fueling costs by handling all aspects of EV charging operations and infrastructure, and only bills fleets for the number of electric miles driven. AMPLY takes on the challenges fleets face in the transition to electric, while remaining technology agnostic.

“I’m impressed with the groundbreaking change Carla brought to California during her time with the CPUC,” said Vic Shao, CEO of AMPLY Power. “Her unmatched knowledge in clean energy, utility infrastructure and state initiatives will be pivotal to AMPLY’s continued growth, especially as we continue to service the unique challenges government and municipal fleets face.”


About AMPLY Power

FLEET CHARGING, SIMPLIFIED. AMPLY Power provides Charging-as-a-Service to de-risk and accelerates the adoption of electric buses, trucks, and passenger vehicles by public and private fleets through its simple price-per-mile-driven model. AMPLY provides a fully managed charging solution that enables municipal and commercial fleets to deploy electric vehicles confidently and without hassles. AMPLY handles all aspects of charging operations on behalf of fleet owners and AMPLY’s charging systems are optimized for the lowest electricity costs. The company is funded by Congruent Ventures and Obvious Ventures.

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