• Sep 7, 2012
The average EV user drives 1,050 miles per month and spends around $30 dollars in charging costs, saves around $75 per month in fuel costs and sheds 360 pounds of CO2 emissions compared to "regular" drivers. Want to know the top three electric vehicle-ready cities in North America? Portland, Dallas, and Nashville.

This data comes from EV drivers who use PlugShare, a mobile and web application developed by Xatori, a technology company focused on building innovative software for connected cars. PlugShare has grown its nationwide charging network to more than 100,000 users and 11,000 charging stations across the U.S. When it started up, there were only 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.

Ironically enough, the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle are behind Dallas and Nashville at numbers four and five, respectively. Los Angeles doesn't even crack 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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      purrpullberra
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rick: are you scared of cars? I'm guessing there is some reason you come here and knock all auto technology espousing bike culture. You aren't a zealot, way too lame for responses to be based on that. All I hear is fear and it comes out a LOT. Pity. You are not ever going to convert any people here because your attempts at? fail on too many levels. Please accept our pity and 'talk' to folks who can help you. Many professionals will gladly work through your issues withyou.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @purrpullberra
        No, I think Rick works for that Bike Store.
        American Refugee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @purrpullberra
        I sold my car and use a bike and public transport exclusively. I'm a massive evangelist of bikes, think they offer more fun then ever driving a car, and would love more bikes and more bike infrastructure, and less subsidising of the automotive culture. That said, Rick, with his manic unrelated list making, tortuous grammar, and obsessive repitition, is pretty obviously mentally ill. I doubt he even rides a bike. If he does, he's the worst possible advocate of bike adoption ever. He makes me want to buy an SUV. I come here because cars are a permanent part of our transportation landscape and I love the technology behind them. Maybe I'll even own one again some day, though probably not an ICE. It's true that in a couple of decades, when they are all driving themselves, the romanticism of the automobile might wear off. But for now, this is where I come to indulge it. Rick is begging the banhammer. I don't understand how this forum is so poorly moderated.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @purrpullberra
        Keep taking your lithium pills Purrpullberra you are seem to get a bit hyper when l mention $30,000 Leaf battery replacements. Gotta be mad completely bonkers to buy a car with such poor residual values. 3 year old Nissan Leaf ($32,750 NEW) $13,450 = $19,300 LOST = Residual value 41% 3 year old bigger better Chevy Cruze ($18,375 NEW) $9,400 = $8,975 LOST = Residual value 52% My 28 year old Mountain Bike ($90) $0 LOST = Residual value = 100% http://gm-volt.com/2011/05/03/plug-in-cars-lower-residual-values-should-rise-as-market-gets-comfortable-with-them/ When it gets to 7 years old residual values with cheap Leaf battery replacements on the Horizon? Leaf range anxiety battery replacement = $30,000 Cruze battery = $90
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still prefer Barclays its the cheapest, fastest way to get round inner London, cleaner greener & much better for your health & wealth used by 15,000,000 users ole yes and it much greener than a electric car.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Time to start reporting these comments as abuse.... Rick works for a bike shop!
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Barclays cycles in London are the ultimate greenie machine other than shanks pony in the race to be green. Just in news SMMT... August 2012 UK Electric Car sales numbers EV sales 30 DOWN -11.8% (August 2011 UK EV sales 34) UK cycle sales last year 3,200,000.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Some places aren't very bicycle friendly because the roads weren't designed with them in mind. But, yes, I ride my bike to work and around my town. They have done a great job of paving hundreds of miles of bicycle only bike trails throughout the city. We should be promoting bicycling much more to reduce fuel use the quickest. And telling developing 3rd world countries to develop around bicycles and trains. EV's can be used to transport a bike to the bike trail or on trips over 15 miles, that is one of the big things for me. Plus, I can't take my kayak to the lake on my bike.
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Ryan
          I bet the kayak is fun Ryan, folk in our local rowing club all share use the same canoes they are stored at the local rowing club. Don't think l would put it on my bike either, l would use the roof rack on my old Classic Ford. 15 miles thats nothing, maybe if folk lived closer within cycling distance of work their health would in prove dramatically most folk do in the UK. Whats to point of being the richest person on earth if you have not got your health. Most of the old tints cycling club are all mostly over 95 years old which must be a good testament, cycling can be a very social thing. Cycling cafes are spring up all over the place in London now, where you can refuel with a nice pint of beer on route. http://www.autumntints.org.uk/2011_03_A5.pdf Folk l work with cycle 28 miles each way through the centre of London, guy who does it has only been caught out with a double puncture once this year, he just hope on the tube train.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Costs bugger all on a bike, and you burn off a extra few calories off the lard arse & improve you health taboot when you cycle. Using EVs will turn you into a big fat lard arse, with a big fat tummy & dent your bank account when you have to buy them.
        DaveMart
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Try a bike blog. This is AUTOblog Green You are a bore.
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          Not as boring as you are the master l am not worthy, surprised you wife as not put arsenic in your corn flakes by now.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          I didn't even read your comment Dave... but I guess we both made the same point. Yours was quite a bit earlier than mine.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @DaveMart
          My personal life is as irrelevant here as yours. The issue is that you repeatedly spam this blog with utterly irrelevant posts, and multiple times on the same thread. You like bikes. We get it. So talk about it somewhere where people share your interests.
        American Refugee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Rick, if you actually commuted by bike (assuming you have a job) you might find that the exercise can help you with your feelings of mania. Exercise is a great counter to manic depression. Otherwise, start ritalin.
          Some Guy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          I believe what Rick tried to say was: "perhaps consider a bicycle". Maybe he stated it a bit agressivelly, but he is right. Most people who commute under 5 miles with a car would never consider cycling 5-6 miles, which is easily doable on a bike. And if they tried they would also find out bad weather ain't that much of a foe either and what sheer excitement riding a bike is (if its a road bike :) Commuting by car ads kilograms, and all you end up doing is moving your fat arse from one chair to another.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          For people comparing bike riding... this is AUTOblog green. Not PEDIblog Green. This forum is about discussing and comparing Automotive technologies. Not throwing in something completely different and thinking that it could possible be a real alternative. For those who can take public transportation, bike, or walk... they do... for various reasons. But their ability to do such has nothing to do with the availability of alternative vehicles. That being said, biking is great... but if you telecommute, that is even better. Few CO2 emissions even. Or, you can just not live anymore... think of all the emissions and money you could save. /sarcasm There must be a line drawn in the discussion to keep it on track and avoid going off into the absurd. This forum is for automotive travel... let's keep it that way.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          That article takes a wild extrapolation and spins what the Nissan VP actually said. Very misleading. "Andy Palmer has said the Leaf hatch’s lithium-ion power source consists of 48 modules, each costing £404 to replace" Replacing a single module at a time... is of course going to be expensive. You have to pay for the labor for disassembly too. You CANNOT just multiple that one procedure times 48 for the number of modules in the system. The entire pack can be replaced without disassembly too. I used quotations there because I am quoting the article directly... but the article does NOT quote Mr. Palmer directly. So he may not have even mentioned the number of modules in the same sentence or even conversation, as the cost of replacing a module. The unnamed author at autoexpress.co.uk .... is espousing wild speculation based on twisted words. There is NO WAY to know. NISSAN doesn't know. Carlos Ghosn doesn't know. ... the price of a pack replacement in 5 or 10 years. But it won't cost that close to purchase price of a new Leaf that's for sure.
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @American Refugee
          Gotta be mad loco to buy a Nissan Leaf with $30,957 battery replacements gonna hit you after 6-7 years. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/leaf/34992/leaf-battery-could-cost-19k
      stumpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      LEAF owner here... this sounds about right. The public charging stations near me are free. According to carwings i spend about $30 on electricity. Although that's not taking into account the amount of charging that was done for free. Very happy with the LEAF. Will definitely be driving electric from here on out.
      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      MMMmm some posters are a bit down on their lithium today, maybe you had better go and sniff you batteries in your Leaf to get your daily fix. Can't see what wrong with bringing up $30,000 Leaf replacement battery costs as quoted by Nissan UK when they go duff, it would keep my two Classic Fords running on free gas for the next 20 years. Mention my 28 year old proper "Zero Emission" Mountain Bike and you greenies here go anti green don't give a toss about the environment.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        "Can't see what wrong with bringing up $30,000 Leaf replacement battery costs as quoted by Nissan UK" Except it is NOT true. Check you're sources. It's BS.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          That article takes a wild extrapolation and spins what the Nissan VP actually said. Very misleading. "Andy Palmer has said the Leaf hatch’s lithium-ion power source consists of 48 modules, each costing £404 to replace" Replacing a single module at a time... is of course going to be expensive. You have to pay for the labor for disassembly too. You CANNOT just multiple that one procedure times 48 for the number of modules in the system. The entire pack can be replaced without disassembly too. I used quotations there because I am quoting the article directly... but the article does NOT quote Mr. Palmer directly. So he may not have even mentioned the number of modules in the same sentence or even conversation, as the cost of replacing a module. •♦The unnamed author at autoexpress.co.uk .... is espousing wild speculation based on twisted words.♦• The magazine may be No. 1 in the UK... but the online version is NOT. There is NO WAY to know. NISSAN doesn't know. Carlos Ghosn doesn't know. ... the price of a pack replacement in 5 or 10 years. But it won't cost that close to purchase price of a new Leaf that's for sure. ------------------------ Bottom line, if this were true.. why can't you find a source (other than from OVER A YEAR AGO) that confirms this???? It's BS, you know it, I know.
          Rick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          AUTO EXPRESS No1 Best selling car magazine..... Nissan UK vice-president says the cost of a replacement battery could hit £19,392 ($31,076) It’s finally been revealed how much a replacement battery pack could cost for an electric car – and it’s more than the price of a brand new diesel model. Trade expert CAP predicts the Leaf will retain £10,770 or 41.44 per cent of its price after three years/30,000 miles. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/leaf/34992/leaf-battery-could-cost-19k Battery replacement costs $31,076 Current Leaf UK price £30,990 ($49,663) worth £10,770 ($17,259) in 3 years time = net loss $32,404 Future battery replacement $31,076 + 3 years depreciation $32,404 = $63,480 in dead money No wonder British electric car sales were down -11% in August 2012 with just 30 EV sales (August 2011 34 EVs sales) last month.
      paulwesterberg
      • 2 Years Ago
      So an electric vehicle would save most people over $1000 a year in fuel costs(never mind savings on oil changes, muffler and brake repair). If you own the vehicle for 10 years that is like 10grand back in your pocket.
        Matt Fulkerson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        At that rate, if the car holds up well, you can finance a battery replacement purely with future fuel cost savings.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        That being said. The ROI (Return on Investment) for the Leaf is still a bit too long. Even if you factor in the future cost reductions of Li-Ion batteries over the decade and the rising costs of gasoline. Most people keep their car for about 7 years. And would like to see a 5 year ROI. If the Nissan Leaf was only about $5k above a similar car with similar performance and utility... that would really change the game.
        Joeviocoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        That article takes a wild extrapolation and spins what the Nissan VP actually said. Very misleading. "Andy Palmer has said the Leaf hatch’s lithium-ion power source consists of 48 modules, each costing £404 to replace" Replacing a single module at a time... is of course going to be expensive. You have to pay for the labor for disassembly too. You CANNOT just multiple that one procedure times 48 for the number of modules in the system. The entire pack can be replaced without disassembly too. There is NO WAY to know. NISSAN doesn't know. Carlos Ghosn doesn't know. ... the price of a pack replacement in 5 or 10 years. But it won't cost that close to purchase price of a new Leaf.
          Joeviocoe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joeviocoe
          Oh... I used quotations there because I am quoting the article directly... but the article does NOT quote Mr. Palmer directly. So he may not have even mentioned the number of modules in the same sentence or even conversation, as the cost of replacing a module. The unnamed author at autoexpress.co.uk .... is espousing wild speculation based on twisted words.
        Rick
        • 2 Years Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Don't have those item fitted to my bike. Nissan UK vice-president says the cost of a replacement battery could hit £19,392 ($30,957), l don't have any batteries replacement like this on my Mountain Bike. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/nissan/leaf/34992/leaf-battery-could-cost-19k
          paulwesterberg
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Rick
          Tesla was preselling batter replacement for its roadster for $12k, if they can replace a much larger battery pack for 12 then the smaller leaf packs should be much less. When the prius first came out there were lots of whiners who complained that batter replacement costs would effectively total the car. Now you can get a prius replacement battery for less than $1k. I like biking and biked to work 4 days this week(20mi a day). But here in America lots of people are too lazy to bike and our suburban city "planning" makes biking more difficult/dangerous than it should be. As a biker and air breathing person I will be happy when more vehicles emit less pollution.
      Rotation
      • 2 Years Ago
      I looked at their database, it's pretty good. it's plugshare.com, not the link given above. It does have a lot of chargers. Dallas does indeed have a lot of chargers, but a lot of them are registered home chargers that you can't really use anyway. Portland has a heck of a lot of chargers for its population. The SF Bay Area does do well, but probably not as well as those two considering population density. If you consider just San Jose alone it does a bit better, maybe besting Dallas on available chargers. But the standout still really is Portland, given it has fewer people. I didn't look at Nashville.
      Kelly Erin O'Brien
      • 2 Years Ago
      This figure applies to those who use public chargers and says nothing about those who charge at home most or part of the time. Interesting statistic, but of limited value.
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