Plug-In Electric Car Registrations By County In State Of Washington

OCT 4 2015 BY STAFF 14

The state of Washington has released this updated infographic on plug-in electric car registrations by county.

From the image, it’s clear that the majority of the plug-in cars registered in the state are in the major metropolitan areas (most are in and around Seattle).

Even more obvious is that the west side of the state buys lot of electric cars, whereas the east side of Washington (excluding Spokane County) shows almost zero interest in plug-ins.

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Compared to neighboring Oregon, the fast charging network in this state is pitiful. That, and the terrible range of most EVs, could explain the lack of uptake in rural areas. Most city mice think they need fast charging when they do not, but the country mice really do, especially when the average speed on rural highways approaches 75 mph.

I agree the charging network is bad. Even just on the Westside where people could get by with the 107mi leaf battery the network sucks. Until more of the secondary routes have fast chargers, HWY 16,18,101,522,516,167,410,164, etc. I just don’t think regular people are going to be willing to switch.

Oh, don’t overplay your hand. It’s true that the QC network is not where it could be (mostly b/c the state has been shilling us for $100/year surcharge since 2012, but not putting a dime of its own into QC infrastructure), but along Puget Sound regular people are switching all the time.

After all, those 10k vehicles from Thurston to Snohomish County have nearly all been bought in the past 4 years. That’s a lot. Or are you insinuating we are all freaks?

The 73-mile 2012 Leaf was plenty enough for us for our predominantly urban/suburban driving, with occasional quick-charge-fueled longer trips. Now we’re leasing an 84-mile 2014, and it’s even easier.

With a 107-mile Leaf, one can make the trip from Seattle to Spokane in Washington’s far east, with 3 QC stops and no need for L2 charging. True, they would have to start on the slower US-2 highway and converge to the I-90 later on, but this is a half-day trip in any vehicle, so it’ll take an hour or two longer, it’s not such a big deal.

Hillbillies love Burning Coal with their diesel trucks. Can’t do that with an EV, can you.

Out West, distances in rural areas are huge. 80-mile BEVs just can’t cut it. Besides, way more people live in the greater Puget Sound area.

Yes, some of the EV pattern is related to political and social tendencies. But no need to resort to name-calling and culture-wars here.

If in 10 years a 200-mile BEV will cost like a regular ICE even without subsidies or factoring in gas prices, people will switch everywhere.

Sure distances are far so Evs may not work as well in rural areas, but that has nothing to do with rigging a truck to emit black soot.

Actually the practice is called Rolling Coal. I was hocked beyond beyond words when I first saw it. The damage those people are doing to the atmosphere is unbelievable.

Rolling coal- I’ve heard of the term and now saw on YouTube. Makes Volkswagen’s TDI scandal appear harmless compared these rednecks (can I say that word?).

You are mistaken. The soot is bad but the particles are very large, they drop to the ground very quickly. The Nox on the other hand is significantly more damaging.

Unless you have intimate technical knowledge of the subject don’t be so quick to draw conclusions just because it looks worse.

If you want to have a sense of how common EVs are on the west side: in recent drives around north and central Seattle, the typical Leaf-spotting rate is at least 2 per mile, not counting other EVs 🙂

Regarding “InsideEVs” statement …

“From the image, it’s clear that the majority of the plug-in cars registered in the state are in the major metropolitan areas (most are in and around Seattle).”

Generally the ‘per capita’ number of PEVs in Washington is more consistent across the state, as a percentage of all registered passenger vehicles. If InsideEVs were to post a map of population by county in Washington, the pattern of distribution would be very similar.

The main reason metro counties have more PEVs is because they have much higher population and vehicle registration numbers.

Can you post a map like this for Wisconsin? I think I’m only one of five people with a leaf.

Wow – I’ve got over 7% of my county’s EVs parked in my garage.

otoh, I really have to question how accurate this number is, especially since it’s supposed to include all plug ins. I see several Leafs, Volts, Energis and an FFE on a routine basis.

” the majority of the plug-in cars registered in the state are in the major metropolitan areas ” I trust this isn’t a huge surprise to folks here.

That map is very accurate, at least as accurate as vehicle registration data from the Dept of Licensing. It’s been updated on a regular basis by WashDOT for at least 3 years now.