Where should you drive your electric vehicle?

Best US Cities for EV Owners

If you are considering the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV) there is more than just driving range and vehicle cost to consider. Every EV owner should know where the local charging stations are and if the placement of them matches a typical driver’s routes. Hyundai of White Plains, NY, an authorized Hyundai dealer, insists that every EV driver should think through the daily charging program he/she would go through before purchasing.

If you did this analysis for major cities around the US, you would find that some cities are more “EV-friendly” than others.  Thankfully the details of this have been researched by Indiana University and you can use their data. What they did is rate cities across the nation with a figure of merit “EV-Readiness.” EV-Readiness is a function of factors such as charging infrastructure (where charging stations are located), purchase incentives, HOV lane access, and other things. Using the IU study, let’s look at the top five best cities to use an EV in.

Number Five – Denver

Denver is a great place to live when you drive an electric car. The primary reason is the purchase incentives. Colorado incentives remain among the highest in the country, with some buyers needing under $10,000 to buy an EV. This has led directly to a high adoption rate not only in Denver, it’s biggest city, but throughout the entire state.

Number Four – New York

Well, New York came in at number five. First, they have hundreds of charging stations with a caveat, though. Most of them are inside parking garages so charging would require paying the parking garage fee. If you know, NYC, that’s going to be expensive. At this time there is not state purchase incentive but rumor is that one may be in the works. Other factors are HOV lane access on the Long Island Expressway for those that commute from Long Island.

Number Three – Baltimore

In Baltimore, you can start with $3,000 state tax credit available to Maryland residents. Add that to the current federal tax credit of $7500 and all the sudden you can knock $10,500 off the price of your EV.. There are also 700 charging stations available in the Baltimore metro area. Bottom line: If you live in Baltimore and are considering an EV, this city is ready for you.

Number Four – Washington, D.C.

There is a laundry list of incentives for EVcar drivers in D.C.  There aren’t any cash state purchase incentives but other incentives abound. Let’s start with state HOV lane access, discounted car insurance, state tax credits, waived emissions inspections, and reduced registration fees are just a few.  For a city with fewer than 700,000 residents, there are 100s of public charging stations to access as well. Washington DC is an excellent city to use an EV in.

Number One – Portland

Big surprise here, Portland ranks number one among the best cities for EV drivers. It really isn’t surprising considering that Portland is a city with many progressive Initiatives in process.  Charging stations? Oregon is among the elite when factoring in EV public charging infrastructure. While there is no state level purchase incentive, Oregonians can get up to $750 off the cost of a home charger installation. The exciting part of being an EV owner in Portland is the small size of your carbon footprint. Since there is hydroelectric power behind the grid, you have a city that is fully ready for more citizens to drive electric with barely any emissions.