Which States And Cities Are Truly Embracing Electric Vehicles?

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DEC 23 2017 BY EVANNEX 30

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We recently uncovered the top cities worldwide where today’s electric vehicle movement is taking hold. Much of the action appears to be cities located in China and Norway. That said, what about cities in the United States? CBS News points out that, “[US] Cities this summer banded together to pledge to cut carbon emissions as a counter to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. Encouraging electric vehicle use is one of the measures already underway.”

Electric vehicle fever is catching on in many cities all across the US, including Atlanta, “Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and New York/Newark… according to a 2017 U.S. Department of Energy report.” And which electric cars are you most likely to see on America’s city streets? It turns out, “Tesla has sold the most electric vehicles in the US though September.”

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman.

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Public charging station density across US cities; Note: these figures don’t include Tesla’s “Supercharger” or “Destination charger” networks, the company’s own proprietary charging infrastructure (Source: CBS News via Department of Energy)

One of those cities just made policy changes that help encourage electric vehicle adoption. “Atlanta this [past] week became the latest city to pass an ordinance that requires 20 percent of the spaces in all new commercial and multifamily parking structures be ‘EV ready.’ It also requires new residential homes be wired to easily install EV charging stations.” These actions should help the city of Atlanta offset recent changes at the state level (see below) that have negatively impacted EV sales.

Above: Georgia has made some controversial policy changes negatively impacting electric vehicle adoption (Youtube: WSB-TV)

Aside from these recent setbacks in Georgia, there have been examples of positive state level policies in favor of electric vehicles. To that end, “On the state level, 45 states and Washington D.C. offered incentive for hybrid and other electric vehicles, including tax credits, rebates, fleet acquisition goals or exemptions from emissions testing as of September, according to an analysis from the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

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Plug-in electric vehicle registrations per 1,000 people by state, 2016 (Source: CleanTechnica via U.S. Department of Energy analysis, IHS/R.L. Polk, Population Profile, September 2017)

Pulling the lens back a bit to the state level, CleanTechnica reports: “The top state in the US during 2016 [related to] plug-in electric vehicle concentrations was California… It had a plug-in electric vehicle concentration nearly double that of the runner-up, and effectively at least 3 times that of most other states. To be more specific, during 2016, there were only 6 US states with plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) registration concentrations higher than 2 units per 1,000.” Those 6 US states included California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Vermont, and Georgia.

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Plug-in electric vehicle registrations per 1,000 people by state, 2016 (Source: CleanTechnica via U.S. Department of Energy analysis, IHS/R.L. Polk, Population Profile, September 2017)

So what can we conclude from this valuable data? In summary, key takeaways are: “the presence of support infrastructure and programs (charging stations, public outreach programs, lobbying, etc.) and financial purchase incentives for plug-in electric vehicles work.” To that end, for cities and states looking to “spur increased electric vehicle sales, the path is clear.”

*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX, Check out the site here.

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30 Comments on "Which States And Cities Are Truly Embracing Electric Vehicles?"

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Not seen many electric cars in New York City earlier this year, but that may soon change with model 3 maybe… saw the first blue one in our suburbs in California today !

Yes, New York city.
How can it be that they have the Nissan mini-van for a large part of the taxi fleet, yet no electric versions are brought to the U.S. ???
It would seem like the perfect application, even if they’re waiting for the bigger battery, I don’t get it.

Yep, they’re coming much to the angst of the shills, shorters, and haters.

Some of which here on InsideEvs are regularly posting their whiney, repetetive right-wing FUD and otherwise gnashing their teeth!

Which right wing poster here who don’t want EV to succeed? Or is this more of your left wing delusional hysteria?

Good job protecting your tribe.

I’m just asking who since he made the claim. As usual, you can’t even ask a simple question of “who” to left winger without delusional hysteria of some other motive.

Environmentalism doesn’t have a party, but the oil companies definitely do.

This is going to change a bit with the 2017 data, but things are really going to take off in 2018 with so many plug-in models hitting the market and in various segments beyond econobox. As the summer driving season returns and gas prices creep up, people will start to take a look at the electrified options and if there’s a real spike, there will be an absolute stampede.

That is the thing! If gas prices move up steadily, but in small steps of 1-2 cents, people dont react much; but, if they spike up in 10-15 cents per move up, and frequently, thats when people take notice, and look for an escape! Buying new EV’s, & Also – still – EV Conversions!

Toyota could do wonders for phev with the RAV4. What would seem to me the most logical approach is FWD ICE and RWD E. With 3rd gen batteries 40 mi ev range seems a good compromise.

Or how about a truck that can compete with the Americans on fuel efficiency.

Never going to happen! Both will drive the same wheels, since they’ll want to keep the difference in building the two as small as they can.

It’s tough for people who live in apartment buildings, they often can’t get chargers installed. That’s why it’s so important to change building codes to require all new parking spaces be EV Ready. Oakland, SF, and Fremont are true leaders here; Atlanta is also a leader, relatively speaking. Los Angeles is far behind, and only requires 5% of new spots to be EV Capable.

New Building Codes updating for EV’s, is good, but EXISTING Buildings need redirecting in this direction, too!

Plus, there are more Existing Buildings, than New Buildings! Therefore, moving them forward, could be even more useful!

A city Ordinance that offered Tax Breaks for Upgrading Old Buildings for EV Charging, would be a great start! Similar to the breaks that Heritage Buildings Get, or more, for example!


New renters will seek out buildings with charging stations. Owners of older building will need to install chargers just to compete.

No law has ever been ‘needed’.

But laws can be very helpful for a better life.

FYI…”embrace” would mean credits for purchasing EV’s. Charging stations is an irrelevant metric since EV’s and PHEV’s are based on home charging.

Waiting until EV’s get to be the only vehicle allowed to buy, or, to have to buy such vehicles, is too long to wait, if you live in a Condo, Apartment, or even a Rented House, before pushing the needle, for such buildings to have EV Charging capabilities!

and effectively at least 3 times that of most other states.

….actually California is more than eight times most other states ( 8x the median) They meant more than three times the national average but that national average is itself distorted by California.

Several states have incorrect color coding.

California is really just SF Bay Area.

LA/SD/SAC has some EVS, but they aren’t even close to the SF Bay Area.

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That’s because of the Tesla skew for eye candy.

2017 will definitely change this with more affordable range cars coming online.

San Diego has a pretty good variety of EVs and with all these PHEVs and multiple 125mi+ options coming next year the density will jump dramatically

Hey Jay, I let EERE know their map had some wrong colors on the States and they’ve since updated it on their site if you want to update IEV’s cached copy as well.

Will do. Thank you much!

You bet Steven!

Florida should be labeled in Dark Blue

Living in a big city in US found it the hard way that any EV less than 230-300 mi range based on the present battery technology is a wasteful investment. 150mi Leaf2 good luck with that.

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We have both the Fiat and Spark; works for 90% of our needs. No trouble for commuter 100% of the time; hard part is the weekender and multiple kid hauls in the afternoon.

That’s where a hauler with 150mi and occasional destination fast charger would be the sweet spot for us (Niro EV — looking at you!)

Agree, but our traffic is such(75% of the time bumper to bumper) that no one would want to spend 20-30 mins to recharge. 150mi range might work but the range based on the current technology also drops quickly, it’s also hard to predict the range in 2-3 years after usage, and also in extreme cold/heat like ours after using heater/AC. Even if the total range drops to say 100-120 mi it might be sufficient.

150mi Leaf2 might still work well in small cities and towns and EU/Asia, but would like to have extra buffer just in case. Renault leases the batteries and also offers 200+ mi range why can’t it be done in US.