C2G, LLC is a Northern Virginia-based company whose mission is to help people plan better car trips. We think the online travel industry has been too focused on air travelers and so we’re building interactive tools to help the overwhelming majority of travelers who travel by car. Since we love driving, we try to blend utility with fun in our applications so don’t be surprised if you come across a bit of whimsy in our products.
Cost2Drive is a Web and mobile application that makes it easy to calculate the cost of driving based on the fuel efficiency of your car and current gas prices along your route from over 100,000 outlets* across the US. The Galculator™ (the versatile engine that powers Cost2Drive) also helps save money by locating the cheapest gas at refueling points and finding the cheapest airfare so you can see if it’s cheaper to fly or drive to your destination.
Who We Are
Jim Kovarik, President & Cofounder. View Jim Kovarik’s profile
Jim runs the product, marketing and operations of C2G and is responsible for strategic planning and business development. He conceived of the ‘Galculator’ back in 2008 when gas prices first spiked above $4 a gallon. Prior to founding C2G, Jim spent ten years at AOL building consumer-facing Web experiences, most recently as the General Manager of AOL Travel where he rebuilt it into one of the fastest growing major travel sites in 2008.
Petar Canic, Creative Director & Cofounder. View Petar Canic’s profile
Petar oversees all design and front-end development for C2G, which includes the awesome Cost2Drive logo. He’s a serial entrepreneur who also spent three years at AOL as a User Interface designer. Along with heading up all the design work for C2G, Petar also runs Canic Interactive, a successful interactive agency he founded in 2005 that’s built Websites for dozens of leading companies.
Mike Siegel, Lead Engineer & Cofounder View Mike Siegel’s profile
Mike oversees the engineering and back-end development for C2G including the “Galcuator”. Mike is a seasoned engineer spending two years at Northrop Grumman, five years at Blackboard and three years heading up an Engineering team for Jibe.
Patrick O’Leary, Cofounder. View Patrick O’Leary’s profile
Patrick is the original creator of the Galculator, the technology that powers the C2G applications. He’s an expert on geo-spatial engineering and local search and has spoken at such prestigious institutions as NASA and The Library of Congress. Patrick was a principal software engineer at AOL and Head of Search Architecture and Research at AT&T Interactive. He’s currently the VP of Engineering at Cricket Media.
Vishal Iyer, Cofounder. View Vishal Iyer’s profile
Vishal Iyer created the original interactive design of Cost2Drive.com which has delighted over 2 million users. Vishal currently works at CustomInk as UX Design Lead. Previously he worked at AOL designing products that engage tens of millions of users, and enjoys working with startups and building products that he hopes will engage millions more.
Who We Aren’t
We’re not car experts, and we make no claims that Cost2Drive will provide exact costs for driving a route. Cost2Drive.com is meant to be a fun and useful application to give you an approximate cost for driving a route, but just as the EPA can’t provide exact MPG performance for cars, Cost2Drive.com can’t provide the exact cost for driving a route. That will vary based on a number of factors such as how fast you drive, driving conditions and additional weight in the vehicle. If you would like to learn how you can reduce your driving costs there are tips available at fueleconomy.com.
*Gas price information provided by Oil Price Information Service (OPIS)