The nascent EV market is rapidly growing, as the percentage of electric vehicles on the road over the past few years has more than doubled. As such, there’s been an increasing demand placed on charging stations around the U.S. Now, here’s a quick breakdown of the most EV-friendly metropolitan cities across the country.
It comes as hardly any surprise that five of the top 10 most EV-friendly cities are located in California. According to a report by iSeeCars, the top-ranked metro city is San Francisco, where there are a total of 14,083 chargers scattered across the city. This means that there are only 465 residents per charger, which is less than half as compared to the second most EV-friendly city, San Diego. The least EV-friendly metro city is St. Louis, Missouri, where there are only 473 total chargers, meaning a ratio of 5,787 residents per charger.
Interestingly, California is not the most EV-friendly state overall. This honor goes to Vermont, where the Green Mountain State has 920 total chargers and 703 residents per charger. In second place is California, where the Golden State has 44,287 total chargers and 881 residents per charger. Certainly, when it comes to sheer volume in regard EV infrastructure, Cali is king.
It’s worth noting that these figures include all electric vehicles and the Tesla Network.
“Five of the top 10 EV-friendly cities are located in California, which isn’t really surprising, but who knew Denver was the most EV-friendly city outside California?” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “It’s also interesting to see that the 10th ranked most EV-friendly market, Seattle-Tacoma, has nearly 3 times as many residents competing for each EV charger as the top-ranked market, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose.”
While these numbers can be impressive given the fact that electric vehicles have only been mainstream for a few years, infrastructure is constantly growing. As a result, this bodes well for General Motors, as the Detroit-based automaker has a goal of offering 30 EVs by 2025, and thus benefits from increased EV infrastructure.