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America's Top EV-Ready Cities

The top EV-ready cities in the United States offer a broad range of inducements to encourage the uptake of plug-in vehicles.

Published: 22-Mar-2016

There are few surprises in Indiana University's list of EV-ready cities. Of the top ten, six are either on the East or West Coasts of the United States, lead by Portland, Oregon and Washington, D.C. At the bottom of the University's list of 36 major US cities are places like El Paso and Providence. Curiously, major cities like Kansas City and Minneapolis or even EV World's hometown of Omaha, didn't make the list.

What sets the leaders apart from the 'also-rans'? According to the University's announcement:

Under a scoring system devised by the research team, Portland, Washington, D.C., New York City, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Denver comprise the top six cities. All six offer purchase incentives for PEVs and charging equipment. Four of the six offer time-of-use electricity rates, which makes overnight charging more affordable. The top-ranking cities also score well in categories such as public charging station density, special parking privileges and high-occupancy-vehicle lane access.

Explains researcher Saba Siddiki, "Some cities are doing more to encourage PEV ownership than others by installing new public charging infrastructure and offering various sorts of incentives. PEV owners enjoy free parking in downtown Nashville and are exempt from all parking fees in Honolulu. Portland, Oregon, has streamlined the often complicated permitting process for home-based chargers. In Austin, PEV drivers can subscribe to unlimited use of 250 public charging stations located around the city for less than $5 per month."

None of the bottom-ranked cities offered that level of support.

The full ranking of the 36 cities in 25 states included in this index:

  1. Portland, Ore.
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. Baltimore
  4. New York City
  5. Denver
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Atlanta
  8. Chicago
  9. Austin, Texas
  10. San Francisco
  11. Boston
  12. Houston
  13. Indianapolis
  14. Orlando, Fla.
  15. San Diego
  16. Seattle
  17. San Jose, Calif.
  18. Hartford, Conn.
  19. Phoenix
  20. Fort Worth, Texas
  21. Honolulu
  22. Nashville, Tenn.
  23. Dallas
  24. Jacksonville, Fla.
  25. Newark, N.J.
  26. Raleigh, N.C.
  27. Burlington, Vt.
  28. Philadelphia
  29. San Antonio
  30. Charlotte, N.C.
  31. Memphis, Tenn.
  32. Detroit
  33. El Paso, Texas
  34. Portland, Maine
  35. Providence, R.I.
  36. Columbus, Ohio  

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