Top 10 US Cities for electric cars
One would expect that California and its various forward-thinking cities would lead any discussion regarding electric cars. According to data gathered by ChargePoint, a company that runs a network of electric vehicle charging stations, the 48,000 registered electric vehicles in San Francisco Bay area leads the country in terms of the percentage of electric cars relative to its population. The same study also showed that Los Angeles has 57,000 registered electric cars, making it the city with the highest actual number in the country. However, when it comes to the number of charging locations -- a crucial convenience that is vital in order for a city to successfully support a robust electric car environment -- California cities don't dominate the list. Let’s take a look at the most electric-car friendly US cities to own an electric car, based upon the number of charging points per 100,000 people.
10 | =9. Washington Metro Area, MD/VA/WV
It might be surprising to learn that the Washington DC metropolitan area boasts more than 800 charging stations. This equates to about 4.7 for every 100,000 residents, earning the nation’s capital a solid spot in the top 10. Not only can electric vehicle owners enjoy carpool access even if there is only one person in the car, they also pay a reduced fee of $36 for their vehicle's registration.
9 | =9. Orlando, FL
In Florida, the owner of an electric vehicle doesn't need to pay most surcharges associated with insurance. Electric vehicles can also freely use carpool lanes. Throughout the city, drivers of electric vehicles will find 4.7 charging locations for every 100,000 Orlando residents. In addition, the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) offers a rebate to businesses providing electric vehicle charging stations to employees and customers.
8 | 8. Honolulu, HI
In Hawaii, plug-in vehicles that are eligible and affixed with a special licence plate issued by the state can travel in the HOV lanes without meeting the minimum passenger requirements. And for every 100,000 residents, the city of Honolulu boasts 5.1 electric vehicle charging stations. The state of Hawaii has launched a free mobile application and web-based database to enable drivers to locate publicly available EV charging stations across the state.
7 | =6. Tucson, AZ
Arizona offers a tax credit of up to $75 to individuals who install an EV charging outlet in their home. In addition, the state provides reduced licensing fees for electric vehicles as well as some hybrids that are plug-ins. Tucson's 5.3 charging stations for every 100,000 residents means that drivers won't have to rely only on their home network in order to charge their electric vehicle.
6 | =6. Austin, TX
In addition to being able to take advantage of a Texas-wide program providing an incentive of up to $2,500 for drivers who lease or purchase an eligible electric vehicle, Austin provides further advantages. Drivers can enjoy a rebate of up to $1,500 for electric vehicle charging equipment that they purchase. The city also provides 5.3 charging points for every 100,000 of the city's residents.
5 | 5. Seattle, WA
Seattle's reputation as one of the most environmentally-conscious cities continues to grow. In addition to 6.5 charging stations for every 100,000 of its residents, the city exempts the land used for their infrastructure, as well as the installation and purchase of EV-related equipment, from state excise taxes. Eligible electric vehicles costing under $42,500 are also exempt from paying sales tax to the state. Plus, businesses can take advantage of state tax credits of up to 50% of the vehicle's cost.
4 | 4. San Francisco Bay Area, CA
With 6.6 charging points for every 100,000 residents, the San Francisco Bay Area – which comprises both San Jose and Oakland as well as San Francisco – also offers hefty incentives for electric vehicle owners. These include rebates for both individuals and public utilities. Under the state's Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, individuals can qualify for rebates of between $1,500 and $5,000, although this was curbed in 2016 to reflect the income of the purchaser. Public utility companies can receive up to $10,000 when they purchase electric vehicles.
3 | 3. Nashville, TN
Tennessee does not offer any financial rebates to those who purchase electric vehicles. However, drivers with a qualified hybrid vehicle with a Smart Pass decal are entitled to use the high-occupancy vehicle (HOV), or ‘carpool’ lanes without regard to maintaining the minimum passenger levels. Nashville boasts 8.2 charging stations situated throughout the city for every 100,000 residents.
2 | 2. Dallas, TX
For every 100,000 residents, Dallas has 10.6 charging points for electric vehicles. According to the stipulations of a state-wide program designed to encourage the purchase or lease of new plug-in electric vehicles, Dallas drivers can receive financial reimbursement of up to $2,500.
1 | 1. Portland, OR
Portland, Oregon, according to Indiana University, is the most electric car-friendly city in the country. With environmentally-conscious steps like more than 70% of its electricity coming from renewable sources and 11.1 charging stations for every 100,000 residents, this finding isn't surprising. The state provides tax credits of up to $750 for EV buyers and Portland offers about 48 quick-charging sites situated strategically along 10 highways.