Most Popular Plug-In Electric Cars By State Based On Search Data

MAY 23 2018 BY MARK KANE 23

Texas-based Amigo Energy released an interesting comparison of the most popular plug-in cars by state, based on on-line search data.

The Most Popular Electric Cars by State (source: Amigo Energy)

For us, it was kind of surprising that in 19 states, the most often searched vehicle was the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid. It must be somehow related to the appearance of the i8 and maybe introduction of new versions of the Coupe and Roadster.

It seems more understandable that the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X was most popular in 11 and 6 states respectively, while Chevrolet Bolt EV managed to score the lead in 9.

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Another surprise is that the retired Mitsubishi i-MiEV was the most often searched plug-in model in two states (New York and Illinois), while the Nissan LEAF was on top only in… Hawaii. Even the Kia Soul EV was better than the LEAF, taking two states – Oregon and Washington. Ford Fusion Energi was most popular in Kansas.

One of the findings is that there is no correlation between car popularity and state median income, because anyone can search for a dream car, even if it’s beyond ones financial capabilities.

The relation between actual sales and searches seems weak too.

“What makes certain EV models dominate over others? Is it a feature-packed resume? Pride in a particular brand? Or a sleek, progressive design?

The Most Popular Electric Cars by State (source: Amigo Energy)

For those who are keen on the BMW i8 (the sweeping preference of the South and most of the East Coast), it could be the sophisticated, sporty design and 3-cylinder Turbo engine that appeals to the plethora of Daytona enthusiasts in the region. Or perhaps it’s the four driving modes (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and eDrive), which provide optimum performance through many different climates and types of terrain.

Drivers traversing rugged, mountainous landscapes in states such as Utah, Arizona, Montana, Minnesota, and Alaska might find the durability, extra seating and storage space, and incredible range (over 300 miles on a full charge) of the Tesla Models S and X more enticing than the fancier-framed BMW i8. Who could say no to a road trip-worthy EV?

There’s a good chance those seeking economy and practicality made the Chevy Bolt the top EV in places like Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota, New Mexico, and Maine. With a 250 mile range on a full charge, it’s easy for locals to explore the beauty in these states while also enjoying the benefits their car has on the environment around them.

Then there are the outliers—the states scattered here and there who opt for different, lesser-known EV models. While California, like its population, is a melting pot of all the electric cars, the Pacific Northwest favors the Kia Soul EV; practical Kansas elects the Ford Fusion Energi, and New York and Illinois, both states with major, densely populated cities, are more interested in the Mitsubishi i-MIEV, a model that was actually discontinued in 2017. So while some top-selling electric cars prove dominant in certain regions, there really is no accounting for taste across the board.”

Full List of States and Vehicles:

Alabama — BMW i8
Alaska — Tesla Model X
Arizona — Tesla Model X
Arkansas — BMW i8
California — Tesla Model S
Colorado — Tesla Model X
Connecticut — BMW i8
Delaware — Tesla Model S
District of Columbia — BMW i8
Florida — BMW i8
Georgia — BMW i8
Hawaii — Nissan LEAF
Idaho — Chevy Bolt
Illinois — Mitsubishi i-MiEV
Indiana — BMW i8
Iowa — Tesla Model X
Kansas — Ford Fusion Energi
Kentucky — Tesla Model S
Louisiana — BMW i8
Maine — Chevy Bolt
Maryland — Tesla Model S
Massachusetts — BMW i8
Michigan — Chevy Bolt
Minnesota — Tesla Model S
Mississippi — BMW i8
Missouri — Tesla Model S
Montana — Tesla Model S
Nebraska — Tesla Model S
Nevada — BMW i8
New Hampshire — Chevy Bolt
New Jersey — BMW i8
New Mexico — Chevy Bolt
New York — Mitsubishi i-MiEV
North Carolina — BMW i8
North Dakota — Tesla Model X
Ohio — BMW i8
Oklahoma — BMW i8
Oregon — Kia Soul EV
Pennsylvania — BMW i8
Rhode Island — BMW i8
South Carolina — BMW i8
South Dakota — Chevy Bolt
Tennessee — BMW i8
Texas — Tesla Model S
Utah — Tesla Model X
Vermont — Chevy Bolt
Virginia — Tesla Model S
Washington — Kia Soul EV
West Virginia — Chevy Bolt
Wisconsin — Tesla Model S
Wyoming — Chevy Bolt

Source: Amigo Energy

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23 Comments on "Most Popular Plug-In Electric Cars By State Based On Search Data"

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This data is dumb and useless. It doesnt correlate to sales. Its like that data that said Lebron was the slowest player per pace in the in playoffs, like it doesnt mean crap because he still can beat you by himself

NY (where I live): Mitsu i-MiEV? Seriously???

I’m nowhere close to a Tesla facility, and I see many times more Teslas on the road than I do i-MiEVs. Same for Leafs, Bolts, etc.

I’m sure that within a year the best selling EV in at least the vast majority of States if not all of them will be the Model 3.

Not if the price keeps going in the wrong direction.

This stunned me too. Probably folks in NYC looking for a small EV? Remember, these are web searches. Probably doesn’t include clicking links. Maybe it’s simply that reading articles on Tesla, Leaf, Bolt, etc, they noticed this curious i-MiEV mentioned and had to go look up what the heck it is.

Cheap car, not too afraid to get parking dents, a price range where you can rent your car to others while you don’t use them. Range may be good enough for city use, easy to park..
The egg is not the most sexy EV for sure – but for some people, it may tick a lot of boxes.
In Norway it could be bought for like $11-13K, with a Peugeot badge. .. just before they stopped selling it.

There is absolutely no way the i-MiEV is the most popular EV in any state, or ever was. It defies all logic.

I’d like to know a lot more about how they’re collecting this data, and what the actual raw data is.

There’s no way that i-Miev showed up in some states but the Model 3 showed up in none.

i8???
You have to be kidding. So Alabama has one ev in the entire state and it’s an i8?

Well , if anything, it confirms my observation: When you see an i8 driving down Rodeo Drive, it is still cool to see and garners attention. Relatively speaking, the Tesla stands out about as much as a Camry.

Sure, on Rodeo Drive.

Luckily for Tesla owners the cars actually perform and are truly electric.

What has Tesla to do with this? I’m sure they can buy other evs in Al…it’s still part of US, no?

Yelp Nick Saban probably such it since hes the only one in Alabama with Internet

Funny.
But in all seriousness: you can buy Leaf, Bolt, Volt, Clarity PHEV, i3 and Prius Prime in Alabama. You also see a few Teslas driving around but they were likely “imported” from Atlanta, GA. No sales center in AL (yet)…

The i8 and the Energi are plug-in hybrids, which is not the same as “electric cars”.

The electric range on the I-8 is 23 mi (37km) and only on a good day.

I don’t get it how there is so many states with BMW-I8, since in 2017 there was a total of 488 in total BMW-I8 sold in the US compared to over 50K Teslas sold for the same year.. And this yeah so far BMW-I8 has sold only 175 units so far compared to Teslas 24130.. The difference will even be larger in about a week when the month of May ends and we have more figures to compare.. You can check for yourself just by clicking on the big green “plug-in sales scorecard” at the top right of your browser window that’s provided by this site!!

Would be interesting to see the number of each of those cars registered in each state.

https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1116846_why-are-so-many-electric-cars-still-only-sold-in-california

For those who wondered why electric vehicles are struggling, here is the answer.
40 – 50 % of the electric vehicles are sold in California alone. In other states the compliance quotas were very low and already its met, so automakers don’t need to sell much for the rest of this year.

So they are selling most of their EVs in that 1 state.
That means; Bolt, Volt, Prime and many other EVs are just compliance cars.
Don’t jump on me guys; you know why these vehicles are selling at a low rate. Even the Prius Plugin’s sales of near 3,000 is coming only at the expense of Prius Hybrid whose sales has crashed from 10,000/month to just around 4,000.

Most of the increase in EV sales in 2018-YTD has come from Tesla with BMW & Nissan sharing the rest. Without those quotas, probably other automakers may just stop selling their wares.

And VW & Fiat are still selling the MY-2017 of eGolf & 500e.

It’s not a,real true survey since most cars are available in many states. Most are only compliance cars.
A,few cars like the LEAF AND KIA,SOUL EV don’t have battery cooling so they die very fast in the HEAT. It will be years before you can do a good study by state.

Aww.. Is it bad that I miss the i-MiEV?

Amazing that so many commenters didn’t even bother to read the title of the article. This data has NOTHING to do with sales. It is based on web searches. In other words, it’s trying to gauge interest in learning about each model of car, not how many are driving around the streets of each state.