ChargePoint, a company that builds networks of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the globe, has recently released a list of the top regions for electric vehicle growth in the United States for the fourth quarter of 2013. Not surprisingly, several California areas made the listincluding Los Angeles, the Bay Area, and San Diegobut some of the others may surprise you. The full list includes regions from the East and West Coasts, the Midwest, and the South and is based on percentage of growth from quarter 3 to quarter 4 of 2013 and numbers were retrieved from states’ motor vehicle departments:
1. Atlanta, GA
2. Washington, DC
3. Portland, OR
4. Los Angeles, CA
5. Bay Area, CA
6. San Diego, CA
7. Chicago, IL
8. Seattle, WA
9. Miami, FL
10. Detroit, MI
Although Los Angeles sold the greatest number of electric vehicles during the final quarter of 2013 (5,000), the sunny California city did not top the list. That’s because other cities, like Atlanta, Washington, and Portland actually experienced greater EV growth in terms of percentage increases late in the year.
For example, from the third to fourth quarter of 2013, Atlanta’s EV sales increased by 52 percent. During that same period, EV sales in Los Angeles increased by 19 percentstill a substantial increase, but significantly less than the growth experienced in Atlanta. Cities like Washington DC and Portland also occupied high spots on the list, with sales increases of 21 and 19.4 percent, respectively.
The Midwest and South were also represented on the list, with cities like Chicago, Detroit, and Miami making the cut.
The diversity of ChargePoint’s top 10 list may be due, in part, to the increasing popularity of electric vehicles and a more stable charging infrastructure for EVs across the country.
“Popularity [of electric vehicles] 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 areasEV 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.”
ChargePoint developed their top 10 list by looking at EV sale data from the third and fourth quarters of 2013. The regions with the greatest percentage of growth from the third to the fourth quarter were ranked the highest, while regions with lower percentages of growth were given lower placement on the list. Sales numbers were retrieved from each states’ motor vehicle department. Credit: ChargePoint, Inc.