Top 10 Electric Car Friendly Cities In U.S.

MAR 20 2015 BY MARK KANE 7

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ChargePoint released its Top 10 EV-Friendly Metropolitan Areas list, which takes into consideration number of EVs, charging points and population.

San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles took the two first spots for California thanks to a very high number of EVs – more than 48,000 and nearly 57,000 respectively.

“The San Francisco Bay Area (including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) led the nation, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Honolulu.

Equating for population differences, ChargePoint scored the cities based on the number of EVs on the road and the number of charging stations available on the ChargePoint network as of December 31, 2014. The regions are core based statistical areas as defined by the Census.”

ChargePoint’s Top 10 EV-Friendly Metropolitan Areas:

  1. San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Honolulu, HI
  6. Austin, TX
  7. Detroit, MI
  8. Atlanta, GA
  9. Denver, CO
  10. Portland, OR”

ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano commented:

“Although the West Coast continues to lead the nation in EV friendliness, the fact that cities like Atlanta and Denver broke into the top 10 demonstrates that this is not regional trend, but that our nation is quickly transitioning from gas powered cars to EVs. In cities across the country, it’s becoming easier than ever to drive an EV – and that’s good news for our industry and for our environment.”

This Top 10 list allows us to see where adoption is the strongest, but there’s value in comparing this to the earlier 2013 Top list.

While the leader of the rank remains the same, there are a lot of changes on the other positions. For example, Los Angeles went up from sixth to second. Seattle and San Diego, both lost one position to third and fourth, but remain strong. Honolulu is without change in fifth.

Austin fell from fourth to sixth. Portland fell from seventh to tenth, but Detroit is going up from eight to seventh. Washington, DC and Boston dropped out of the list and were replaced by the Atlanta and Denver – both states have generous incentives for EVs, which for sure influenced the results.

 ChargePoint’s Top 10 Metropolitan Areas for Electric Vehicles – 2013

  1. San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. San Diego, CA
  4. Austin, TX
  5. Honolulu, HI
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Portland, OR
  8. Detroit, MI
  9. Washington, DC
  10. Boston, MA”
ChargePoint Announces the Nation’s Top 10 Cities for Electric Vehicles - 2013

ChargePoint Announces the Nation’s Top 10 Cities for Electric Vehicles – 2013

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That’s interesting that Austin, TX is on the list. I say that because ironically, Houston and Dallas both have DC Fast Charge infrastructure and Austin does not.

NOTE: This is a filtered viewpoint based ONLY on ChargePoint’s infrastructure. Of the 200,000 plus charging outlets that ChargePoint’ has deployed, less than 0.03% are DC fast chargers.

Example Kanas City, MO and Indianapolis, IN have very high DCFC ratio to number of EVs

This just a map of “ChargePoint’s Top-10” most active markets; nothing to do with EV charging infrastructure in general.

That was my thought as well, Austin is #4 or #6 depending on the chart – and yet there are only two L3 chargers here and they are both in Nissan dealerships so inaccessible outside of business hours.

I don’t think friendly should be mesure by the number of charging stations, I live in Washington DC, a lot of Chargepoint and Blink, for the most part ripoff, in my Apartment complex we have a Chargepoint L2 the price $0.45 cents per Kw/h. I use my ICE now because is more economical than charging. Other facilities in DC charging up to $0.79 cents per Kw/h plus parking of $20. Most of the stations are unused. What is the business plan behind charging stations that nobody use? I guess big Oil is behind this.
P.S. Few station are for free but the fact should be a fair price for every charging station.

I think PlugShare should compile its own list.

Shocked to see Detroit being #7. That ranking must not be based on the local population owning BEVs…

Why would you say that? I see BEVs on Michigan freeways on the regular.