The Finest (and Worst) Metro Areas for Electrical Automobiles

The Best (and Worst) Metro Areas for Electric Cars

As workers free themselves from the daily commute in the new work-from-home economy, demand for automobiles in the United States is increasing, in part due to low interest rates and government economic controls. Fortunately for the environmentally conscious consumer, more and more automakers are pushing into the electric car market.

For those considering a battery-powered car, StorageCafé recently surveyed the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States and rated them for electric vehicle friendliness (and other green qualities).

The "electric vehicle adoption" rate, one of four categories considered in the analysis, accounted for 70 percent of each subway's score. The other categories were “Infrastructure”, which measures the abundance of charging stations and charging costs in relation to refueling, as well as green communal features such as HOV lanes; "Environment", measurement of sustainable public transport, car pooling, air quality and use of renewable energies; and "self-storage availability," as car stowing is common for owners of multiple vehicles, according to the report.

San Jose, California ranked first with the highest number of public charging stations per capita (2.4 per 1,000 residents) and 73,810 EVs currently on the streets, the third highest behind Los Angeles (230,940) and San Francisco (122,404 .). ). Washington, D.C. and Atlanta were the only East Coast subways to break the top 10.

Fear of range – the fear of running out of power before reaching a charging station – is more common in less densely populated areas and is probably a major obstacle to widespread adoption. Jackson, Miss., Came last in the Adoption category, topping it, and the sprawling metros of McAllen and El Paso, Texas ranked 98th and 99th, respectively.

What about New York City? Fourth place in the “Adoption” category (70,900 electric vehicles on the road) lifted the company to 12th overall, but its score was negatively impacted by middle grades in the “Infrastructure” and “Environment” categories. Speaking of New Yorkers, where would you even park it?


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