America is getting charged up about electric cars, but some cities have embraced these quiet, eco-friendly vehicles more than others.What separates the leaders? Huge differences in tax incentives, electricity costs, and charging infrastructure.
LawnStarter recently compared the 200 largest U.S. cities across 11 key factors — from the number of state electric vehicle laws and incentives to average insurance premium to the number of charging stations per capita.
Best Cities to Own an Electric Car:
1 Irvine, CA
2 Riverside, CA
3 Sacramento, CA
4 Fort Collins, CO
5 Salt Lake City, UT
6 Santa Rosa, CA
7 Anaheim, CA
8 Oxnard, CA
9 San Diego, CA
10 Corona, CA
Worst Cities to Own an Electric Car:
191 Olathe, KS
192 Murfreesboro, TN
193 Bridgeport, CT
194 Miramar, FL
195 Detroit, MI
196 Mesquite, TX
197 Enterprise, NV
198 Spring Valley, NV
199 Sunrise Manor, NV
200 Midland, TX
Highlights and Lowlights:
California is Electric Avenue: With a whopping 21 out of the top 25 cities, the Golden State is laps ahead of the rest of the country in the electric vehicle race. Irvine, for example, finished No. 1 with the highest number of electric vehicle charging stations per capita, and Sacramento is tops for having the most EV laws and incentives.
California’s strong finish may all be related to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent mandate for all new California vehicles to be electric by 2035.
Not in Kansas Anymore: Kansas City, Missouri, is the 38th largest city in the U.S., but it came in 4th on the number of EV charging stations per capita. And one of its largest satellite cities — Overland Park, Kansas — holds 6th place in the same metric.
This is no accident. Kansas City leaders have made a concerted effort to build up infrastructure and attract EVs. While the incentive categories for both cities leave much to be desired, it’s safe to say America’s Heartland is a surprising hotspot for drivers of electric cars.
Go Ahead, Mess With Texas: With six cities in the bottom 20, the Lone Star State is woefully behind on the electric vehicle craze. Midland is the worst-ranked city with abysmal numbers of EV charging stations, high electricity costs, and a low incentive structure.
In fact, oil-producing giant Texas is considering a major fee hike on electric and hybrid vehicles, which will surely serve as a disincentive. Despite being home to one of Tesla’s newest EV factories, Texas has a long way to go before it can be considered a friendly place for electric vehicles.
Although the trend toward more e-cars is growing, some question whether they are truly a more sustainable option over gas-powered options. Click here to learn more about electronic cars and their benefits.