Top 10 U.S. hotspots for electric vehicles



Quick Take:  For most utilities, electric vehicles (EVs) are not a major issue and won't be for years. Yet there are pockets around the nation where EV penetration is beginning to hit numbers that will require the local utility to carefully monitor the situation in case upgrades are needed to handle the additional load. Here are the top 10 hotspots. - By Jesse Berst


ChargePoint, which has the largest electric vehicle (EV) charging station network in the U.S., released a list of the Top 10 metropolitan areas for EVs. After equating for population differences, ChargePoint scored the cities based on the number of EVs owned as well as the number of public charging stations available on the ChargePoint network.


"The cities and the businesses in those communities that invest in EV infrastructure, not surprisingly, also see the largest sales in electric vehicles," said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint. "We are no longer debating if EVs have a future, but instead are witnessing cities across America compete to be the most EV friendly.”


1.     San Francisco Bay Area, CA

2.     Seattle, WA

3.     San Diego, CA

4.     Austin, TX

5.     Honolulu, HI

6.     Los Angeles, CA

7.     Portland, OR

8.     Detroit, MI

9.     Washington, DC

10.  Boston, MA


Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.


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