Best cities for electric vehicles

Often we are reading a blog post or news article about the best cities for electric vehicles.

Such information is great to know, especially if you live in a city without electricity. But in many cases, I think any city can be best for electric vehicles when the fit is right for you. The number one factor for deciding whether to purchase or lease your first EV is to first understand your daily commute.

If you live in southeast Oregon and need to travel 100 miles in any direction to get someplace, then you may want to consider another type of alternative-fueled vehicle. But if you are like most of us, and you travel 5, 10, or 15 miles, on your daily commute then driving an EV may be a great fit, especially if your workplace offers charging (we do at OpConnect).

Now, many of those aforementioned articles highlight the rebates and other cost savers and incentives that one community may have over another, but that is basically just noise unless you actually live in that city or community and can take advantage of those benefits. I don’t know about you, but I doubt I am going to be able to talk my wife into moving to across the country just because I can save an extra $1,000 or $2,000 on my EV.

One of the best ways to really understand whether an EV is a good fit for you is to take advantage of any local Ride & Drive events that are occurring, as well as simply asking someone you know who may be driving an EV. It’s been our experience that EV drivers are always willing to share their experiences with others, as well as let you take their car out for a spin.

One city that is expecting to get a lot more charging stations in the coming weeks and years is San Diego. OpConnect and its awesome EVSE installer partner Saturn Electric are currently in the process of installing nearly 100 charging ports throughout the city as part of a California Energy Commission grant with the City of San Diego. The San Diego area already is home to more than 16,000 plug-in vehicles.

On top of that good news, San Diego Gas & Electric announced last week it hopes to lead an effort to install charging stations at up to 550 charging locations in its service territory. Such an initiative may be years from happening, but OpConnect will be sure to help it in any way we can to make it a reality.

As for those perks to owning an EV in the best cities for electric vehicles, San Diego is on a recent list of 10 Best Places to Own an EV because California allows EV owners to drive in HOV lanes without any passengers.