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Visit the Department of Energy's "Vehicle Cost Calculator" and select the following vehicles for comparison: 2012 Toyota Prius, v 4cyl 1.8L Automatic Hybrid 2012 Chevrolet Volt, 4cyl 1.4L Auto (AV) Plug-in Hybrid 2012 Honda Accord Gasoline, 4cyl 2.4L Automatic 5-spd Gasoline Input your zip code so the website can estimate your local electricity prices to properly account for the plug-in Volt's total cost, but leave the other fields (such as fuel prices and driving assumptions) as default. In a blog discussion post, review your process and your metrics and then talk about your results. How significant a difference is there between the total cost of ownership of these three vehicles? Did anything surprise you about what you discovered? After you've answered these questions for the first scenario, re-run your experiment but change the cost of gasoline to $10/gallon. What surprised you about the results now? Even at this hugely elevated gas price, how long would one have to wait for the Chevy Volt to become the cheapest option?

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