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The U.S. Department of Energy says West Virginia drivers could be paying around for just 93 cents an "eGallon."

An eGallon is a unit the department is promoting to show drivers the cost of electric fueling versus an equivalent cost of gasoline.

Regular gasoline currently averages about $3.64 in West Virginia. 

"Consumers can see gasoline prices posted at the corner gas station but are left in the dark on the cost of fueling an electric vehicle. The eGallon will bring greater transparency to vehicle operating costs and help drivers figure out how much they might save on fuel by choosing an electric vehicle. It also shows the low and steady price of fueling with electricity," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.  "Not only can electric vehicles save consumers on fuel and reduce our dependence on oil, they also represent an opportunity for America to lead in a growing, global manufacturing industry."

The energy agency also established Energy.gov/eGallon, where consumers can see the latest eGallon price for their state and compare it to the price of gasoline. The Department of Energy said eGallon prices will be far more stable and predictable than gasoline prices. 

"That's because the eGallon price depends on electricity prices, which are very stable; gasoline prices depend on the global oil market, which can be very unstable and are driven by unpredictable international events," the DOE states.

The eGallon price varies from state to state based on the price of electricity. West Virginia, for example, would derive most of its electricity used to charge the car from coal-fired powered plants supplied with its own coal resources. 

Coal-fired electricity accounts for about 96 percent of West Virginia's electricity consumption.