US electric vehicle hotspots unveiled - and it's not what you might think

It is New York, rather than California, which is set to lead the US in the adoption of electric vehicles, according to a forecast from Pike Research released February 11.

The technology analyst named New York, Northern New Jersey and Long Island at the top of a list of metropolitan statistical areas likely to see the most cumulative EV purchases between 2011 and 2017.

Los Angeles, Long Beach and the Santa Ana region in California was judged to be the second-top area for electric vehicle purchases; San Francisco, Oakland and Freemont were in third place; and San Diego, Carlsbad and the San Marcos region were fourth.

In fifth place was the region of Chicago, Naperville and Joliet in Illinois.

Although last week Japanese automaker Mitsubishi announced it would begin testing its "i" electric vehicle in Central Illinois, California has traditionally been the focus for the US's fledgling electric vehicle industry, and it's rapidly making a name for itself as the new Detroit.

Tesla, Coda Automotive and Chinese brand BYD all have offices in the state and thanks to heavy state incentives and federal grants, it's built up the most impressive charging infrastructure in the US.

However, thanks to an ambitious roll-out of charging stations, the decision of Chevrolet to launch the Volt in New York last year and the expected popularity of electric vehicles among urban consumers, it seems that the greater New York region could overtake California as the US EV hotspot.

Pike Research warned that with the strain electric vehicles are expected to put on the energy grid, power companies such as Southern California Edison and Consolidated Edison in New York should be preparing for the arrival of EVs in far larger numbers than their competitors in other areas.

http://www.pikeresearch.com/

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