West Coast Is Heaven to EV Drivers, New Survey Says | Edmunds

West Coast Is Heaven to EV Drivers, New Survey Says

CAMPBELL, California — West Coast cities dominate the list of the Top 10 friendliest metropolitan areas for electric vehicle drivers, according to a new ranking by ChargePoint.

The list should be of interest to car shoppers checking out the growing list of electric vehicles, including the Chevrolet Spark EV, Fiat 500e, Kia Soul EV, Nissan Leaf and Tesla Model S.

The San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose, topped the list, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Honolulu.

Rounding out the list are Austin, Detroit, Atlanta, Denver and Portland.

Its list, claims ChargePoint, shows that "our nation is quickly transitioning from gas-powered cars to EVs."

"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 a regional trend," ChargePoint said.

The rankings are based on the number of EVs on the road and the number of charging stations available on the ChargePoint network as of December 31, 2014.

Washington, D.C. and Boston dropped off the Top 10 list compared to 2014.

The U.S. Department of Energy says there are 9,169 electric stations here with 23,113 charging outlets.

Edmunds says: This list provides some encouraging news to anyone considering an EV, since it's becoming easier than ever to own and drive one.

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