According to the automotive information and marketing company R.L. Polk & Company, more than half of all electric vehicles in the U.S. are sold in just five cities. It’s not a terribly surprising statistic; city-dwellers tend to be more environmentally conscious, adoptive of new technology and, of course, wealthy–and at the moment, you need some money in the bank to kick the gasoline habit. Cities also have the infrastructure in place to support electric vehicles, including charging stations and tax cuts for alternative energy.
And that’s not even mentioning the fact that electric vehicles still mostly hover around about 100 miles per charge, meaning those with long commutes need not apply. So while it’s obvious electric cars are found in cities, do you think you could guess which cities are the most popular for the electric vehicle?
5. Atlanta, Georgia: Accounting for 4.4% of the EV market, Atlanta is the fifth most popular home for electric cars. This one may be a bit unexpected, but Georgia gives carpool lane access to electric vehicles.
4. New York, New York: At 5.6%, the City that Never Sleeps comes in at number four. EV drivers in New York get access to the stretch of the Long Island Expressway that leads to the city.
3. Seattle, Washington: With a solid 8% of EV sales, Seattle comes in at number three.
2. Los Angeles, California: Not surprisingly, California rounds out the top two, first with Los Angeles at 15.4% of electric vehicles…
1. San Francisco, California: …then with its northern neighbor San Francisco taking top honors at 19.5%.
If you’re going electric, don’t forget to sell your old gas-guzzling scrap cars for quick cash!