Top 10 U.S. regions for electric vehicle growth
Three of the top 10 regions with the largest growth of electric vehicle sales are in California, but the No. 1 region is in the southeast, according to ChargePoint, an electric vehicle charging station network. The rank is based on percentage of growth from the third and fourth quarters of 2013 and numbers were retrieved from states’ motor vehicle departments.
While the Los Angeles region has the largest number of EV sales in the fourth quarter (over 5,000) and the highest number of EVs total (27,411), Atlanta, with sales of over 3,000 in Q4, led the nation with a 52 percent increase, followed by Washington, D.C. with a 21 percent growth. Portland came in third, just slightly above Los Angeles with the Bay Area, San Diego, Chicago, Seattle, Miami and Detroit following close behind.
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“Popularity is increasing because drivers know there is a robust network to charge their cars and nearly every major automaker is coming out with a cool new EV,” said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint. “The electric vehicle market is no longer just growing in California’s metropolitan areas - EV adoption is happening across the nation. We’re well on our way to having twice the number of EVs on the road by the end of 2014.”
Ten 10 regions with the largest growth of EV sales in 2013
1. Atlanta – 52%
2. Washington D.C. – 21%
3. Portland – 19.4%
4. Los Angeles – 19%
5. Bay Area – 18%
6. San Diego – 17%
7. Chicago – 16%
8. Seattle – 14.4%
9. Miami – 14%
10. Detroit – 13%