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This week ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, released a list of the top 10 friendliest metropolitan areas for EV drivers.
In order to account for population differences, the company scored cities based on the number of EVs on the road and the number of charging stations available on the ChargePoint network as of Dec. 31.
Curious to see how your city stacked up? Catch the full list after the jump.
The Bay Area is also home to the nation's largest network of electric vehicle charging stations -- making it the friendliest metro area for EV drivers.
Los Angeles jumped to the No. 2 spot on ChargePoint's 2015 list, after sitting comfortably at No. 6 last year.
Easy access to charging stations has clearly bolstered EV ownership in Austin, although the city dropped two spots on ChargePoint's list in the past year. But Austin residents waiting to buy a Tesla may soon get their wish: Bills were filed by the Texas state legislature last month that would allow the automaker's direct sales model, the Dallas Business Journal reported.
“Although the West Coast continues to lead the nation in EV friendliness, the fact that cities like Atlanta and Denver broke into the top 10 demonstrates that this is not regional trend, but that our nation is quickly transitioning from gas powered cars to EVs,” ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano said in a statement. “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.”
In keeping with this lofty goal, Portland offers a respectable number of EV charging stations. And its modest EV ownership numbers may be due, at least in part, to Portland residents' famous preference for bikes over cars.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this post reported that there were 2,900 charging stations in Honolulu, Hawaii. The post has been updated to reflect the fact that this figure refers to registered EVs.
Image credit: ChargePoint
Mary Mazzoni is the Senior Editor of TriplePundit. You can follow her on Twitter @mary_mazzoni.
Mary Mazzoni, Senior Editor, has written for TriplePundit since 2013. She is also Managing Editor of CR Magazine and the Editor of 3p’s Sponsored Series. Mazzoni’s recent work can be found in Conscious Company, AlterNet and VICE’s Motherboard. She is based in Philadelphia, PA.