cmwade77 wrote: GRA wrote: Nubo wrote:
It depends I guess on whether you consider the San Francisco bay area to be "northern California", and whether you're looking at straight registration numbers or per-capita. Normalized to comparable sales, the Bay Area leads by far, with rates of over 5% all the way up to 12% for Santa Clara county
. LA and SD counties stand at 4%.
page 26: https://cleanvehiclerebate.org/sites/de ... andout.pdf
Indeed. Also see:
ICCT analysis of California top EV cities finds link between EV uptake and many underlying factors
The cities with the highest uptake are in the Bay Area, with Saratoga #1 at 18%, and that's from over a year ago. From that thread:
Socal leads in total number of vehicles due to its much larger population, but not in percentage.
From my vantage point, I am looking strictly at the number of public charging stations available, as there is usually a direct correlation between the number of available stations and the number of EVs on the roads.
Really Northern California, including the areas you mentioned have relatively few EV chargers. For example, it is impossible to make it from LA to San Francisco
in a Leaf if the battery is even the least bit degraded.
ways, and mainly serves to show that a LEAF or any other sub-100 mile BEV is the wrong tool for the job. As to having relatively few EV chargers, while that's true along 5 and 101 between the two metro areas, it definitely isn't true for the Bay Area itself, especially per capita. From the same ICCT report already linked, page 9:
Figure 5 illustrates California cities electric vehicle uptake as compared with public
charging infrastructure per capita, again highlighting the 30 cities with the highest
electric vehicle sales share. The U.S. and California averages are also shown in the figure
for additional context. As shown, 27 of the 30 cities have higher-than-U.S.-average
public charging, and 24 of those 30 have higher-than-California-average public charging
infrastructure. The 30 high-uptake California cities have, on average, 5 times the
charging infrastructure per capita than the U.S. average, yet how extensive the cities’
public charging infrastructure is varies greatly. A few smaller cities in the top 30 have
little to no charging infrastructure, while seven cities have over 1,000 charge points per
million residents. Of note, Menlo Park has over 4,000 charge points per million residents
and 14% electric vehicle share and is not shown on the figure. The disparity in these
30 cities’ infrastructure availability largely dissipates when analyzed at the regional
metropolitan area level. For example, 12 of the cities are in the San Jose area, 12 are in
the San Francisco area, 5 are in the Los Angeles area, and 1 is in the Santa Cruz area—all
of which have high charging infrastructure per capita (see Figure 2 above). The electric
vehicle market grows with its charging infrastructure.
As you can see, the Bay Area leads in both EV uptake and public charging per capita.