Yes, you too can impress friends at cocktail parties by knowing that the last state to go without a registered Tesla Model S battery-electric sedan was indeed Mississippi. And the second-to-last one was West Virginia. That's what Edmunds is saying, citing data from Polk.

Mississippi was the final hold-out until one intrepid Jackson resident made the Model S plunge. The state's non-Tesla stature wasn't a surprise, given that Mississippi has the lowest percentage of plug-in vehicles in the country (on the flip side, Washington, Hawaii and California are there three most plug-in prevalent states by percentage of registrations). Another fun cocktail party fact: more than 20 percent of Mississippi's registered vehicles are trucks.

Tesla took about a year and a half to finally register a vehicle all 50 states. Comparatively, the Nissan Leaf took almost two years to be registered in all states, while the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in took just 11 months. Tesla sold about 22,300 Model S vehicles last year, and the approximately 6,900 units sold during the fourth quarter made it the country's best-selling plug in during that time.

The bad news is that our Mississippi Tesla owner can't count on getting free electric charging from Tesla any time soon. The nearest Superchargers are in Texas and Florida, two states away.


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      Nick Kordich
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The bad news is that our Mississippi Tesla owner can't count on getting free electric charging from Tesla any time soon. The nearest Superchargers are in Texas and Florida, two states away." A Supercharger is planned for the Biloxi area this year, as part of a Gulf Coast route that spans Texas through Florida. That's within reach of Jackson, and a Supercharger closer to Jackson appears to be planned for 2015.
      car czar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who bought the model S in Alaska? I thought cold weather was horrible for the batteries. I wonder what is the EMPG for driving one up there?
        Dactyl
        • 1 Year Ago
        @car czar
        Not all of Alaska is cold. Fairbanks (north and inland) - yes. Juneau (south and on the coast), very pleasant but rainy most of the year.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @car czar
        Model S has battery management system that includes heating and cooling.
      Technoir
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why West Virginia when it has high incentives for EVs?
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Technoir
        They took advantage of getting more highway funds from the fed which required them to offer more incentives...
      Weapon
      • 1 Year Ago
      The most interesting part of this is, West Virginia has the highest tax credits in the country for EVs at 15k. Though unfortunately WV has the highest % use of coal than any state in the country : (
      sebringc5
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to quick on the uptake ehh?
      mustang6984
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope there are fire departments near each owner's home.
        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mustang6984
        The only three fires they have had were the result of serious accidents. Have you ever been involved in a high speed accident in your home? The only fire that happened in a garage was the result of faulty wiring of some sort. Tesla has already sent a fix to avoid that from ever happening again.
        jeff
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mustang6984
        Google Mustang fires..... Then apologize...
      Josephine Rigatoni
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wonderful!!! We can all sleep tonight knowing this now.
      eideard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only 20% trucks? Here in NM pickups run 50% of passenger vehicles.
      Jesse Gurr
      • 1 Year Ago
      "Registerd"? Really? Anyway, good for Tesla.
      EZEE2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Have t they sold like 22,000 of these things? Divided by 50 states (or 57, depending on your leanings) that is quite a few. I live in Florida and saw three in one day two days ago.
      sebringc5
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great job Danny. Old news and poor grammer.
        ElectricAvenue
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sebringc5
        I can't believe you just wrote "grammer" in a post chastising someone else's poor grammar.
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          EA, that is why I, now, try to avoid commenting on grammar or spelling. I invariably make a mistake in my comment and look like a fool. But when someone types in that they have to many problems with the Tesla S price and/or performance, and that they don't want to loose there ability to drive all day without charging, I just have to comment. Something about those three errors just drives me crazy. ;-)
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          What drives me nuts nowadays is when younger people drop their T's in a word. Like Ex-President Clin-on.
          ElectricAvenue
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          Hey Ziv: For what it's worth, the misuse of "loose" and "literally" is literally enough to make me loose my mind. And Nick: Muphry's Law is hilarious! What's even funnier is that I didn't read Muphry correctly (incorrectly?) the first time, and was wondering what Murphy's Law had to do with it. Now excuse me while I take a few minutes to carefully proofread this...
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          CT, that was one of the three. To for too. There for their. And loose for lose. Those are the three that seem to set me off. Sorry for the mini rant.
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          @ElectricAvenue - I can't believe you've never heard of "Muphy's Law": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law
          Ziv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          And I typed my explanation of the three pet peeves in the wrong order... Shaking my head. It was amusing when I thought of it. Now? Not so much. Any joke you have to explain...
          Conspiracy theory
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ElectricAvenue
          Ziv, *their not there ;-)
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