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With more than 20 electric vehicles models poised to hit the market by the end of next year, it’s important that cities across the country can support these cars. Ford Motor Company picked the top 25 cities that are ready to accommodate the EV market. One of the main challenges of EVs is that they need to be charged and if the only charging station is at a driver’s home, it makes it inconvenient to be out for very long distances or periods of time. Then come the considerations, such as, where do you put the charging stations? Who operates them? Who pays for the stations and the electricity? Another problem is that if enough people were charging vehicles, it could drain the electric grid. So how do cities and utility companies compensate for that?

The cities that made the top 25 list are addressing these issues. For example, officials in Orlando are working on universal signage for charging stations (which they’d like to be nationally universal); in Los Angeles, EV drivers can park in any designated charging spot for a $17 application fee; in Honolulu, parking lots with 100 spaces or more must include an EV space; and EV drivers in Austin and California can use the HOV lanes. Many utility companies offer off-peak rates to minimize the strain on the electric grid. According to the Ford study, there will be 18,000 new charging stations added nationwide in the next year, which means more drivers in more cities will find it enticing to purchase an EV. Other automotive manufacturers, like Nissan, are calling on the government to play a larger role in funding the process. (But with recent budget cuts, it looks unlikely that extra funds will be devoted to the project any time soon.)

In the meantime, local governments and private companies will continue to expand EV infrastructure, with car companies also helping in the cause, of course. Take a look at the list below and see if your city made the cut...It’s definitely something to consider before you buy an EV.

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Detroit
  • Hartford
  • Honolulu
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Orlando
  • Phoenix
  • Portland, OR
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Richmond, VA.
  • Sacramento
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Washington, D.C.
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Top 25 Electric Vehicle-Ready Cities - Autotrader