Electric cars most popular in CA

Nissan Leaf, wikimediaThey’re still only a fraction of car sales. But all those Teslas and Leafs you see on the road are not an illusion.

According to ChargePoint.com, of the top four cities in the country for electric cars, three are in California:

The San Francisco Bay Area (including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) led the nation, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Honolulu.

Equating for population differences, ChargePoint scored the cities based on the number of EVs on the road and the number of charging stations available on the ChargePoint network as of December 31, 2014. The regions are core based statistical areas as defined by the Census….

While Los Angeles had a higher overall total of registered electric cars at 57,000, ChargePoint said San Francisco’s total of 48,000 represented a greater percentage when compared to its population.

This is San Francisco’s second year in a row as the top electric-car city; Los Angeles moved up from sixth to second place.

The Bay Area also is the headquarters of Tesla Motors Inc. in Palo Alto.

However, ChargePoint noted many non-West Coast cities have made the Top 10 and could move higher. Sixth through tenth places on the list were: Austin, Tex.; Detroit, Mich.; Atlanta, Ga.; Denver, Colo.; and Portland, Ore.


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  1. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 15 March, 2015, 06:17

    This California dominance is less impressive when one realizes that state taxpayers pay up to a $5,000 rebate for each electric car purchased. I doubt any other state comes close to such a subsidy. This is over and above the FEDERAL electric car rebate.

    Thank goodness we are a rich state and can afford such extravagance. Just don’t look behind the curtain . . . .

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John Seiler has been writing about California for 25 years. That includes 22 years as an editorial writer for the Orange County Register and two years for CalWatchDog.com, where he is managing editor. He attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Hillsdale College. He was a Russian linguist in U.S. Army military intelligence from 1978 to 1982. He was an editor and writer for Phillips Publishing Company from 1983 to 1986. He has written for Policy Review, Chronicles, LewRockwell.com, Flash Report and numerous other publications. His email: [email protected]

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