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Which US States Are Best for Electric Vehicles?

Which US States Are Best for Electric Vehicles?

As Tesla and other brands race to take advantage of the emerging zero-emission car industry, a new study evaluated which states are best for plug-in vehicle owners. And while there are a few names on the list that might not surprise you, some of the top electric car states are shall surprise you, as well as some of the least accessible states to the new technology.

A recent study of Forbes Advisor looked at the ratio of registered electric vehicles to charging stations to determine the best states for plug-in vehicles (via USA today). The results of the survey may come as a surprise to some, but the #1 ranking for EVs by this measure is North Dakota with a ratio of 3.18 electric cars to 1 charging station.

To be sure, the statistic isn’t perfect. Most of the ones that top the list just don’t have enough EVs to house them with a small number of charging stations. Still, with 69 charging stations and 220 EVs registered, North Dakota tops the list, just ahead of Wyoming and the tiny state of Rhode Island, and it’s a well-deserved spot. [Editor’s note: This is indeed a bit of a dubious metric. 69 charging stations across the state is not super EV friendly, whether there’s little competition for them or not.]

The survey found that Wyoming had a ratio of 5.40 EVs per charging station, with 330 EVs registered and 61 charging stations statewide. In third place was Rhode Island, with 6.24 EVs per charging station, but with a whopping 1,580 registered EVs and 253 charging stations.

Other medium-sized, sparsely populated states such as Maine, West Virginia, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Vermont, and Mississippi all scored well, while many more well-populated states scored much worse. The ten worst-ranked states were New Jersey, Arizona, Washington, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, Florida, Texas and Nevada.

Interestingly enough, California scored poorly despite being a hot spot for EVs. California is the birthplace of Tesla, is the nation’s most populous state — with a population of about 40 million — and accounts for many of the nation’s EV sales, but California ranks fourth lowest in this index. accessible state for EV owners, with a ratio of 31.2 EVs to 1 charging station.

EVs are growing in popularity in the US and around the world. According to data from Experian, EVs currently account for 4.6 percent of all passenger car sales in the US. Plus, EVs have just surpassed 10 percent market share worldwide, with the Chinese brand BYD and the American brand Tesla leading the way.

Originally published by EVANEX. By Peter McGuthrie


 

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