• Jan 29th 2010 at 9:04AM
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Which U.S. city is most ready for an armada of electric vehicles? Los Angeles. Where's the next-best place? San Francisco. Following these two California cities in EV friendliness are a pair of northern cities you might not associate with EVs: Chicago and New York. What makes a city EV ready, as defined by Think? It's not just the number of charging stations per capita. In a statement, Think said:
The THINK EV-Ready Cities Index takes into account purchase and usage incentives – such as HOV lane access and infrastructure support – for electric vehicles as well as market fit, which includes factors such as hybrid sales, traffic congestion, EPA non-attainment zone status (air quality), and potential lower-carbon energy sources for vehicle recharging.
Think used the same methodology in Europe to figure out which cities to target, and discovered that Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam. Think will use the U.S. list to figure out where to make the City electric vehicle available first when the it becomes available here later this year. We noticed that the Motor City didn't make the grade. See the whole list after the jump.

[Source: Think]



· California Captures Four Cities in the Top-15 Index Including Top Two – Los Angeles and San Francisco
· Chicago and New York Tie for Third
· Washington, DC Makes List at 13

WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 28, 2010 – Today, pioneering electric vehicle company THINK released its first U.S. EV-Ready Cities Index. The top four cities included first-ranked Los Angeles and second-ranked San Francisco with Chicago and New York tied for third. The THINK EV-Ready Cities Index was presented by THINK CEO Richard Canny at the Electric Drive Transportation Association Annual Conference and Meeting at the Washington Auto Show. The company recently announced plans to manufacture the THINK City electric car in Elkhart, Ind. with U.S. production slated to begin early next year.

San Diego, Portland and Sacramento were rated fifth, sixth and seventh putting four cities in California in the top-15 index. Rounding out the top ten were Newark, Seattle and Atlanta. The remaining cities included Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

THINK developed the EV-Ready Cities Index to measure which markets are most likely to begin and benefit from the transition to electric vehicles, providing an objective comparison of the EV purchase and usage incentives as well as the market fit for EVs.

"We expect that the roll-out of EV's to the U.S. market will be quite focused in the early stages. Some cities are more likely to be early adopters of EV technology, and the EV-Ready Cities Index will be a helpful tool to guide and prioritize the development of those markets. It reflects the available government support, consumer acceptance, and the opportunity for EVs to provide the maximum benefits possible from electric drive," Canny said. "Since EVs are a unique solution for congested urban environments, we are taking a city-by-city approach rather than a national or state-by-state approach."

The THINK EV-Ready Cities Index takes into account purchase and usage incentives – such as HOV lane access and infrastructure support – for electric vehicles as well as market fit, which includes factors such as hybrid sales, traffic congestion, EPA non-attainment zone status (air quality), and potential lower-carbon energy sources for vehicle recharging. The index was compiled for THINK by ASG Renaissance, a market research and business services firm located in Dearborn, Mich.

The U.S. EV-ready index mirrors one THINK developed for targeting markets in Europe, which recognized Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam as the top-three markets. The company plans to continue to monitor EV-ready factors and periodically update and release its index.

"Ideally, we would like the THINK City to be available throughout the U.S. next year, but in our early commercialization phase, it is important that we first establish a strong concentration of sales in key, highly attractive markets, which support early adoption of sustainable, zero emissions transport solutions," Canny said.

THINK plans to begin selling the THINK City, which will have a top speed of more than 70 miles per hour and a range of more than 100 miles per full charge, in target U.S. cities beginning this year

THINK EV-Ready Cities Index scorecard


Purchase/Usage Incentives

Market Fit

Overall Score

Los Angeles




San Francisco




Chicago (tie)




New York (tie)




San Diego
































Washington DC












About THINK:

THINK is a pioneer in electric vehicles and a leader in electric vehicle technology, developed and proven over 19 years. It is one of the few companies that are currently producing highway-ready, fully electric vehicles for sale – the THINK City. THINK is also a leader in electric drive-system technology, and was the first to offer a modular and flexible EV drive-train solution in the business-to-business sector. With its Scandinavian origins and sustainability mindset, THINK is one of the most carbon efficient car companies in the world.

THINK has established a U.S. subsidiary – THINK North America, a stand-alone business that will include manufacturing, product development, sales and distribution. More information about THINK is available at www.thinkev.com

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      It took all of 30 seconds to find that 90% of the Grand Canyons problems with smog stem from the coal burning power plant 15 mi away in Paige. EV's don't have the range for LA to LV, and wont for a long while.
        • 5 Years Ago
        lvdalca: "All of 30 seconds," huh? Niiiice...!

        Years ago it was once thought that the Navajo Generating Station was producing haze in the Grand Canyon, and the EPA subsequently mandated that they install environmental scrubbers in the 1990s at a cost of $420 million. The installation was completed over 10 years ago, and SRP claims that the plant now "ranks among the cleanest coal-fired power plants in the country" (www.srpnet.com/about/stations/navajo.aspx).

        Moreover, Page (not "Paige") lies to the northeast of the Grand Canyon. The prevailing winds in Page come from this direction ( http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/htmlfiles/westwinddir.html):

        W - Jan
        W - Feb
        W - Mar
        W - Apr
        W - May
        W - Jun
        W - Jul
        S - Aug
        N - Sep
        W - Oct
        W - Nov
        W - Dec
        W - Annual

        Hmmm. D'you think any plumes that escape the scrubbing at the Navajo Generating Stations are then circling the planet to reach the Grand Canyon?

        I can tell you that the thick haze I saw in Las Vegas only a couple of weeks ago was most certainly flowing to the east over Lake Mead and up the Colorado into the Grand Canyon. I suppose that my (watery) eyes were playing tricks on me.

        Finally, in his 1999 report, William Malm at the Air Resources Division of the National Park Service reported that these were the major sources of pollutants in the Grand Canyon:

        6% - San Joaquín Valley, CA
        20% - Southern CA
        7% - Baja California
        23% - Las Vegas, NV
        12% - Northern UT
        14% - Southern AZ
        18% - Other (Navajo Generating Station, New Mexico, Texas, etc.)

        As for EVs not having "the range from LA to LV," I guess you missed this one: http://blogs.pluginamerica.org/outreach/2009/11/vegas-anyone.html

        Besides, obviously such a corridor would need fast-charge stations, just like Nissan intends to install between LA and San Diego (125 miles), Seattle and Portland (175 miles), Phoenix and Tucson (116 miles). With stations in Barstow and Baker, even a 100-mile range EV could easily drive from Sierra Heights to Las Vegas (214 miles) in about 6 hours. Not bad...!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The list strikes me as fairly predictable. Those cities are among the most populous, congested, and polluted, and thus boast the most potential customers for EVs.

      I am disappointed, however, that neither Th!nk nor Nissan has targeted Las Vegas for their initial rollout. After all, there are MANY more drivers who use the corridor between there and L.A. than, say, between Phoenix and Tucson.

      It's not the numbers that concern me most, however. It is the fact that Las Vegas has grown so large that its smog is now contaminating the Grand Canyon. The last time I was there, we could hardly see the opposite rim. So sad...!
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        That's how they stay safe. They group together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington ("the metroplex") ??
      Just about everyone I know drives 50 miles a day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Compulsive proofreader here.

      "...and discovered that Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam." Discovered that they did what?

      It looks like Think, at least, is doing their homework.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "We noticed that the Motor City didn't make the grade."

      Of course not--the Motor City doesn't earn points for having "congested traffic". Nor does it earn points for EV access to HOV lanes since it has no HOV lanes. (No reason for HOV lanes without congested traffic.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why don't they piggyback on what Nissan is doing? Launch in the same cities! I live in Nashville, TN and would love to see them add that location to the list. Would definitely compete with the Leaf since Nashville is slated to be one of Nissan's test locations. Of course Nashville IS the location of Nissan's North American corporate headquarters.
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