The MPGe: What Does it Mean for Hybrids and E-SUVs?

MPGe units are the fuel ratings metric you'll see on electric and hybrid cars at the dealership. So what's an MPGe?

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At SUV.me we are massive fans of E-SUVs (electric Sports Utility Vehicles) and hybrid SUVs. Whenever we write about their respective fuel efficiencies; we mainly quote those figures in MPGe (Miles Per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent).

So what are Miles Per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe) units anyway?

What is an MPGe?

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MPGe is an important metric used to rate electric cars. It stands for Miles Per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent, and is used to compare the efficiency of electric cars to that of traditional gasoline-powered cars.

What does the MPGe measure?

It measures the amount of energy required to travel a certain distance in a vehicle. Electric cars typically have much higher MPGe ratings than gasoline-powered cars, making them more efficient and environmentally friendly.

What is the difference between MPG and MPGe?

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MPGe and MPG are both metrics to measure the fuel efficiency of a vehicle. MPG stands for miles per gallon and is used to measure the fuel efficiency of a vehicle in terms of how many miles it can travel on a single gallon of fuel.

MPGe is of course used to measure the fuel efficiency of a vehicle in terms of how many miles it can travel on a unit of energy, such as a gallon of gasoline, a kilowatt-hour of electricity, or a pound of hydrogen.

MPGe is generally used to compare the fuel efficiency of different fuel types, while MPG is used to measure the fuel efficiency of one fuel type against another.

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Conclusion

MPGe is a helpful metric to use when researching electric cars, as it gives an indication of how much energy the car will use to travel a given distance. Just remember that if the car is all-electric or hybrid then MPGe is the metric you’ll on the sticker.