ChargePoint—the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network—released a list of the top 10 friendliest metropolitan areas in the US for EV drivers. 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 31 December 2014. The regions are core based statistical areas as defined by the US Census.
Although Los Angeles leads the nation in terms of registered EVs (nearly 57,000), the San Francisco Bay Area takes top billing after accounting for population differences (more than 48,000 EVs). Austin fell to the number-six ranking after having held the number-four spot on the 2013 list; Washington, DC and Boston, MA fell from the ninth and tenth spots, respectively, while EV infrastructure growth and registrations propelled Atlanta and Denver into the top 10.
|Top 10 EV friendly metro areas|
|1||San Francisco Bay Area, CA||San Francisco Bay Area, CA|
|2||Los Angeles, CA||Seattle, WA|
|3||Seattle, WA||San Diego, CA|
|4||San Diego, CA||Austin, TX|
|5||Honolulu, HI||Honolulu, HI|
|6||Austin, TX||Los Angeles, CA|
|7||Detroit, MI||Portland, OR|
|8||Atlanta, GA||Detroit, MI|
|9||Denver, CO||Washington, DC|
|10||Portland, OR||Boston, MA|
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.—ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano