America's Top Five Electric Car-Friendly Communities
Making a New Year’s resolution to go green in 2013? Choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle can take a huge bite out of your carbon footprint. Aside from issues of high price and longevity, there’s another issue for drivers to tackle when making decisions about their next vehicle: will their hometown make it impossible/painful to use?
Infrastructure, mainly in the form of conveniently-located charging stations, is paramount to EV adoption. We’ve got gas stations everywhere we look, but when’s the last time you passed an EV charging station? Exactly.
In 2011, Ford published a list of its picks for the most EV-friendly cities in America. Criteria for scoring well on the list included a utilities structure that allows off-peak charging, reduced red tape for getting EV permits and inspections, incentives for offsetting up-front customer costs, urban plans for charging infrastructure, and EV-friendly city advisory committees.
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