There is, however, a debate as to which state is best prepared for EVs, now and in the future. With that in mind, we took a closer look at a recently published report which ranks each state’s EV friendliness.
Here’s more information about what makes a state EV-friendly, and a list of the best states to visit with your EV.
What makes a state friendly for electric vehicles?
So which states have the best scores for EV programs and supporting infrastructure?
Washington. The Evergreen State is the most EV-friendly state in the union. A big reason for this is the financial incentives for car drivers to make the switch to electric. Out of all states, Washingtonians have the greatest economic incentive to ditch the pump for the plug.
Colorado. Colorado has gone green in more ways than one based on this report. While Colorado doesn't have as many charging stations as California, it still makes the top five. Plus, its financial incentives encourage EV adoption.
Of all the electric vehicles in the United States, just over 40% are registered in California—miles ahead of runner-up Florida’s 5.7%. Although, only 1.36% of registered vehicles in California are electric, and this is the highest percentage in the country.
What other factors impact EV adoption?
While one might expect this list to echo the differences between red states and blue states, the findings are a bit more nuanced.
Rather than red vs. blue, it seems that geography is a bigger influence. For example, seven of the 10 best states for EVs are west of the Mississippi, including red Nevada and Utah. Of the 10 worst states, all are in the East or Midwest, with the exception of Alaska.
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