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Best Cities for Electric Vehicles: New List Breaks Down the Top 10

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  • A new list has named the top 10 cities for electric cars
  • The list considers factors such as number of EVs on the road and availability of charging stations
  • The West Coast leads the list, but other U.S. cities are coming up fast

A new list from ChargePoint -- the world's largest charging network for electric vehicles (EVs) -- has named the 10 friendliest metropolitan areas in the United States for EV drivers. The list, which accounts for population differences between cities, takes into account factors such as the number of EVs on the road and the total number of local charging stations.

It'll come as no surprise to California drivers that the San Francisco Bay Area ranks first on the ChargePoint list, largely due to the number of electric vehicles per capita. Los Angeles comes in at number two, while Seattle, San Diego and Honolulu round out the top five.

The list doesn't only include cities on the West Coast. On the contrary, Austin, Texas, managed to enter the list in sixth place, followed by Detroit, Atlanta and Denver in seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively. Each of those cities has seen a dramatic increase in EV purchases over the last few years, spurred by drivers who want to save money and improve the environment, along with favorable local taxes that benefit electric cars. Finally, coming in at number 10 is Portland, Oregon.

"Although the West Coast continues to lead the nation in EV friendliness, the fact that cities such as Atlanta and Denver broke into the top 10 demonstrates that this is not a regional trend but that our nation is quickly transitioning from gas-powered cars to EVs," said ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano. "In cities across the country, it's becoming easier than ever to drive an EV -- and that's good news for our industry and for our environment."

Indeed, more people are buying EVs all across the country, and more are going on sale. This year alone, a series of new plug-in models will reach dealers, including the new Tesla Model X, a plug-in hybrid Volvo XC90, plug-in versions of the Audi A3 and Q7, and a redesigned Chevrolet Volt.

What it means to you: The EV craze is sweeping the nation, not just the West Coast.

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