General Motors is gearing up to release a vast array of new electric vehicles, with plans to launch 30 new EV models globally by 2025. Now, a new study investigates the best (and worst) U.S. states in which to own an electric vehicle.
Per a recent report from vehicle history website Bumper.com, the best state in which to own a new electric vehicle is Washington, while Alaska is considered the worst.
The Bumper.com ratings are based on ten key metrics, five of which are related to financial incentives, and five of which are related to electric vehicle infrastructure. The financial metrics include the number of rebates and tax incentives available, recharge costs, the average price of gasoline fuel, the mean commute time, and the average cost of an EV as compared to the average cost of a gasoline-powered vehicles.
Meanwhile, the infrastructure metrics include the number of new charging stations built since 2017, the number of charging stations per population, the number of electric vehicle ports per 100 charging stations, the number of electric vehicle ports per 100 EV registrations, and the EV registration rate as a percentage of all passenger vehicle registrations.
Based on these criteria, the top states in which to own an electric vehicle include Washington, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, and California. By contrast, the worst U.S. states in which to own an electric vehicle include Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, and South Dakota.
The states with the best financial incentives for electric vehicles include Washington, Illinois, Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. The best states for electric vehicle infrastructure include Vermont, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
The Bumper.com report also includes insight into the states with the most electric vehicles registered. Leading is California with 41.7 percent of all EVs in the country, 425,300 electric vehicles total. Florida was second with 5.7 percent of the national total (58,160 vehicles), while Texas was third with 5.1 percent (52,190 vehicles). Notably, electric vehicles continue to be only a small portion of vehicles currently in the U.S., representing an average of just 0.24 percent of all cars on the road in each state last year.