Owners of electric vehicles drive an average of 1,050 miles a month and spend only ~$30 dollars in charging costs per month compared to ‘regular’ drivers. That’s a savings of around $75 per month in fuel costs, and around 360 pounds less CO2 emitted.
These numbers were obtained from the pooled data of EV drivers who use PlugShare, “a mobile and web application developed by Xatori, a technology company focused on building innovative software for connected cars.” The PlugShare app has grown over the past few years to its current nationwide charging network that includes more than 100,000 users and 11,000 charging stations across the U.S., making it the world’s largest EV charging network. At its start, there were only data on 500 charging stations in the app.
“The mobile app assists drivers in finding the best charging options nearby and also collects information on EV behavior, hence the user/driver patterns and top EV-ready cities previously mentioned. A new app, GreenCharge, is an iOS app that simplifies the driver experience and can connect with a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt or Toyota Prius Plug-In.”
Some of the interesting stats derived from the app include a ranking of the top electric vehicle-ready cities in North America. Somewhat surprisingly, the top three are Portland, Dallas, and Nashville. While San Francisco and Seattle lag behind at numbers four and five.
LA doesn’t even make the top 10. “The article doesn’t define the methodology for what city makes the EV-ready city cut, or what it actually means. As for Portland, that’s got to be the city in Oregon and not the one in Maine.”
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