The best (and worst) metro areas for electric cars


Even as more workers free themselves from commuting in the new home-based economy, demand for cars in the United States is skyrocketing, in part due to low interest rates and stimulus checks. of the government. Fortunately for the environmentally conscious consumer, more and more car manufacturers are entering the electric car market.

For those considering a battery-powered car, StorageCafé recently took a look at the 100 most populous metropolitan areas in the United States and ranked them based on electric vehicle usability (and other green features).

The “electric vehicle adoption” rate, one of four categories considered in the analysis, accounted for 70% of each metro’s score. The other categories were “infrastructure,” measuring the abundance of charging stations and the costs of charging versus filling, as well as green municipal features such as HOV lanes; “Environment”, measuring sustainable public transport, carpooling, air quality and the use of renewable energies; and “self-service storage availability,” as car storage is common for owners of multiple vehicles, according to the report.

San Jose, Calif., Led the way, with the highest number of public charging stations per capita (2.4 per 1,000 residents) and 73,810 electric vehicles currently on the road, the third highest behind Los Angeles (230,940) and San Francisco (122,404). Washington, DC and Atlanta were the only East Coast subways to make the top 10.

Range anxiety – the fear of running out of power before reaching a charging station – is more common in less densely populated areas and is likely a major barrier to widespread adoption. Jackson, Mississippi, came last in the “adoption” category, taking it to the bottom of the rankings, and the sprawling subways of McAllen and El Paso, Texas, placed 98th and 99th.

And what about the New York area? Its fourth place in the “adoption” category (70,900 electric vehicles in circulation) allowed it to rank 12th overall, but its score was penalized by average scores in the “infrastructure” and “environment” categories. As a New Yorker: where would you park it anyway?

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