The electric car market continues to heat up, and with that comes EV charging stations popping up at lightning speed. Electric vehicle sales came in at 800,000 in 2022, a whopping 65% increase compared to the prior year, according to research from Storage Cafe. But it’s not just cars — there were 5,000 electric buses in operation in 2022 nationwide, and those also need to recharge while they’re on the go.
If you own an electric car and live in an area that’s at the bottom of the pack in terms of availability around town, you know the frustration it can bring when planning a trip or just timing appointments. If you’re thinking of moving and this is on your list of considerations, the West Coast seems the place to be.
If you want to live in the top city for an EV owner, Seattle, Washington is considered the best metro area for electric cars. There are a few reasons for this, including the number of EVs, charging stations around town, and clean energy production. Another thing to note, an eGallon costs about 90 cents, significantly lower than a tank of gas.
Surprising no one, California takes more than half of the top cities to own an electric vehicle, with cities like San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Not only do they boast a number of charging stations in each city, California’s environmental-friendly policies also make it an ideal place to live if you want to do your part for the environment. The only southern city to make it into the top 10 is Miami, Florida.
Unsurprisingly, the top states with electric vehicle owners seem to match the number of charging stations. California dwarfs the competition with 878,000 EV owners as of 2021. Florida and Texas come in at number 2 and number 3, with 128,000 and 112,000 owners, respectively. Other states like Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois also hold a place in the top 10.
In terms of car manufacturers, Tesla is still the market leader, but names like Ford, Kia, and Mercedes aren’t far behind. So, with all the stations and infrastructure happening to make it easier to charge, will it be enough? According to Sarah Kurtz, Ph.D., Professor, University of California, Merced, the answer is no. “France recently mandated putting solar panels over parking lots. If our parking lots have solar panels and electric vehicle charging, it will be easy for even people without garages to charge vehicles, she said. “We need that level of convenience for everyone. However, we are a long way away from making it easy for everyone to charge their vehicle.” But she does believe EVs are here to stay. “I think we can expect that they will be increasingly popular as long as we can keep electricity prices low,” she said.
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