Most EV-Friendly Cities In The U.S.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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, Automotive Editor - March 21, 2024
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While there are a lot of myths surrounding electric vehicles, the fact of the matter is that electric cars are cleaner than gas-powered vehicles. They are, for the most part, great options to curb global warming and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, buying an EV takes a lot of consideration, as shoppers need to know their driving habits and have access to charging stations. Some states, apparently, are better than others for EV ownership, as the number of available charging stations varies wildly across the country.

iSeeCars compiled data on available Level 2 and Level 3 charging stations per city and state to find the ones that were the most EV-friendly places to live. As the outlet points out, the availability of EV charging stations and range anxiety continue to be two of the largest hurdles to EV adoption. Cities and states with more charging stations can help speed up EV adoption.

According to the outlet’s data, the most EV-friendly city in the U.S. is Los Angeles as EV owners can find a total of 21,537 charging stations in the city. California as a whole represents the best state to own and drive an EV in, as it had five of the top 10 most EV-friendly cities on the list.

San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA came in second place with a total of 15,874 chargers. New York, NY (8,903 chargers), Boston, MA – Manchester, NH (6,516 chargers), and Washington, D.C. – Hagerstown, MD (6,234 chargers) rounded out the top five. Atlanta, GA was number 10 on the list with 4,011 available chargers.

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iSeeCars also looked into how many charging stations cities had per resident. Having a lot of chargers is nice, but having enough for every resident to charge their EV is an important metric to consider. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA ranked at the top with 412 residents per charger. San Diego, CA (670 residents per charger), Los Angeles, CA (724 residents per charger), Denver, CO (804 residents per charger), and Boston, MA – Manchester, NH (915 residents per charger) were in the top five. The national average is 1,848 residents per charger.

When it comes to states, California has the most EV chargers in the country with a total of 51,490 stations. New York (11,951), Florida (9,776), Texas (9,060), Massachusetts (7,223), Washington (6,008), Colorado (5,599), Maryland (5,207), Georgia (5,085), and Virginia (4,550) rounded out the top 10 states with the most charging stations.

While a lot of cities and states continue to struggle with increasing their EV infrastructure, most states are investing in their EV charging networks. That’s good news for shoppers who don't live in an EV-friendly city or state on iSeeCars' list, but are interested in purchasing an EV.

Source: iSeeCars

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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