Despite fewer people commuting to offices due to remote working, demand for cars is soaring.  More car makers are driving into the electric car market.

New Study Points to Best and Worst Metros for Electric-Vehicle (EV) Friendliness

As of 2020, there were  approximately 1.8M electric vehicles (EVs) registered in the US.  Consumer interest in and car manufacturing of EVs are constantly on the rise so the current EV trend is more than likely a trend defining a future with EVs.

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StorageCafe, an online platform that provides unit listings across the nation, set out to determine the best metros for EVs.  This company ranked the 100 most populous metros based on the following categories from expert reference sources such as Department of Transportation, Yardi Matrix, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Highway Administration, Alternative Fuels Data Center, and others:

  • EV adoption – number of registered EVs including all electric and plug-in hybrid EVs in metro area
  • EV infrastructure – number of EV public charging stations per 1,000 households AND percentage of multifamily units with access to EV charging stations in metro area
  • Environment – percentage of people carpooling to work, percentage of clean fuel used by public transit systems, percentage of electricity generated from renewable sources from plans within metro are
  • Self-storage – Average rent for 10×20 self-storage unit

Most EV-Friendly Metros

California and Florida are the top two states for EV friendliness.  California had ten metros among StorageCafe’s top 100 EV-friendly metros while Florida had nine metros among the top 100 metros.  The San Jose metro, financial and cultural home of Silicon Valley, is the ultimate EV hotspot with the third-highest number of EVs and EV charging stations.  San Francisco stands out as the second-best metro for EVs with approximately 122,400 EVs moving around the City.

Take a look at the top 10 EV-friendliest metros:

  1. San Jose–Sunnyvale-Santa Clara CA
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley CA
  3. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue WA
  4. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA
  5. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria–DC VA-MD-WV
  6. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta GA
  7. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler AZ
  8. San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad CA
  9. Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR
  10. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario CA

Here’s a look at the Worst Metros for EVs:

Remember while reading this list that “range anxiety,” the fear of running out of power before getting to a charging station, is common in less populated areas and sprawling metros, such as McAllen and El Paso.

  1. New Orleans LA
  2. Toledo OH
  3. Des Moines IA
  4. Winston-Salem NC
  5. Augusta GA
  6. Baton Rouge LA
  7. Scranton PA
  8. McAllen TX
  9. El Paso TX
  10. Jackson MS

Thanks to StorageCafe and The New York Times.






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