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Top Electric Vehicle Friendly Cities In The US

American cities are starting to take electric vehicles seriously. Charging stations and infrastructure are popping up all over the place, sometimes in unexpected locales. Chances are you don’t think about the sprawling metropolises of Dallas or Atlanta, or even the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tenn. Some of the most unexpected cities top the list of EV (electric vehicle)-friendly places to live.

Portland

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Offering more than 130 charging stations for its 603,000 residents, Portland tops the list, according to the Christian Science Monitor. Your chances of finding plenty of power in the Portland area are pretty good. According to ClimateCentral.org, Oregon is the most the most friendly state for electric vehicles. This isn’t true of all areas, though; sometimes it’s actually greener to opt for a hybrid, because the coal burning used to produce electricity can produce more carbon than the gasoline itself.

Dallas

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You might not expect the heart of Texas to be home to one of the most EV-friendly cities in the States. Dallas ranks second on the list because of the number of charging centers. It comes just behind Portland, with about 200 charging stations serving residents in the DFW metro area. You might need them if you live in the DFW metroplex, because morning commutes are notoriously long in this area, depending on where you live and work.

Nashville

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The capital of country music is also a top-ten capital of EV-friendliness. According to the Department of Energy, driving a car in the Tennessee costs the equivalent of about $1.03 per gallon. Much of this is because of the nearby Nissan factory in Smyrna, where the company produces many of its all-electric Leaf vehicles.

San Francisco Bay Area

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The San Francisco Bay area is another EV-friendly city. In September 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed several laws encouraging the use of electric vehicles. The new laws allow all-electric vehicles to use the faster-moving carpool lanes. They also encourage the development of easily-accessible charging stations and require commercial and residential building standards to include EV charging infrastructure in multifamily and commercial units.

An Up-And-Coming Option: Atlanta

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Other major cities like Atlanta are taking steps toward becoming more EV-friendly. According to CleanCitiesAtlanta.net, hundreds of electric vehicles have already hit metro streets. The state capitol building added EV charging stations in October 2013.

Lieutenant Governor, Casey Cagle, drives an electric Nissan Leaf, and was present at the dedication ceremony for the charging stations. He hopes to see even more growth in city planning and sustainability in the next few years, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Talk to a reputable car dealer to help you figure out which type of vehicle would be best for the environment and for your family; DriveTime in Atlanta could help you make the most environmentally-friendly choice, as could similar dealers across the States.

UTEP Now Has 10 EV Charging Stations In Operation, More To Follow

The University of Texas at El Paso just announced it has turned on 10 electric vehicle charging stations on compus, and more will be in operation by the end of the year.

The 220-volt stations are located at the Sun Bowl and Schuster parking garages, as well as at the Mike Loya Academic Services Building.

The existing stations were made possible thanks to a $256,000 Texas State Energy Conservation Office grant awarded in 2009.  An additional state grant of $98,000 will fund more charging stations that will come on line the latter half of 2012.

List Of EV Charging Stations In Texas

Kudos to the U.S. Department of Energy for putting together the following list of EV charging stations.  The entire list for the U.S. can be found here.

 

Details Name Address City Type of Access Map
Details The Belmont Apartments 2500 Bennett Ave Dallas Public – see hours Map
Details West Village – Mothership Garage 3699 McKinney Ave Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Deep Ellum Main Street Parking 2909 Main St Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Green Spot Market & Fuels 702 N Buckner Blvd Dallas Public – see hours Map
Details Clay Cooley Nissan 39690 LBJ Freeway Dallas Public – see hours Map
Details Half Price Books 5803 E Northwest Hwy Dallas Public – see hours Map
Details 7-Eleven Greenville 3702 Greenville Ave Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Bishop Arts District Parking Lot 316 W 7th St Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Deep Ellum Foundation Center 2630 Commerce St Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Gables Park Seventeen 1700 Cedar Springs Rd Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Gables Villa Rosa 2650 Cedar Springs Rd Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Hotel Palomar – Dallas 5300 E Mockingbird Ln Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Original Pancake House – Addison 5220 Belt Line Rd Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Chili’s 3230 Knox St Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details EV Autos Texas 208 S Haskell Ave Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details Hotel Lumen 6101 Hillcrest Ave Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details West Village – Mi Cocina Valet 3699 McKinney Ave Dallas Public – card key at all times Map
Details City of Houston – City Hall 900 Bagby St Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Brookfield Properties 1600 Smith St Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Brookfield Properties 300 Clay St Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Brookfield Properties 340 Dallas St Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Brookfield Properties 500 Jefferson St Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Brookfield Properties 601 Jefferson Ave Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Brookfield Properties 600 Jefferson Ave Houston Public – see hours Map
Details City of Houston 3300 Main St Houston Public – see hours Map
Details City of Houston 3915 Rustic Woods Dr Houston Public – see hours Map
Details NRG EV Services 12231 Katy Freeway Houston Private access only Map
Details City of Houston – Stadium 8000 N Stadium Dr Houston Public – see hours Map
Details City of Houston 901 Bagby St Houston Public – see hours Map
Details McDavid Nissan 11911 Gulf Fwy Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Mossy Nissan 12150 Old Katy Fwy Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Tom Peacock Nissan 15300 North Fwy Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Whole Foods at Montrose 401 Waugh Dr Houston Public – see hours Map
Details Element Hotels – Houston Vintage Park 14555 Vintage Preserve Pkwy Houston Public – see hours Map
Details eVgo – Park ‘N Fly 15850 John F Kennedy Blvd Houston Public – see hours Map

Kroger To Install EV Charging Stations At Several North Texas Locations

Kroger's EV Charging StationsOver the next two months, Kroger will be installing electric vehicle charging stations at several of their store locations.

Customers will be able to charge their cars for free this year, but in 2013, Kroger plans to issue “toll tags” that EV owners can use to pay for the use of the charging stations.

So far, Kroger has scheduled installations at the following eight stores:

1. 5665 E. Mockingbird, Dallas

2. 3120 S. University Dr., Fort Worth

3. 4142 Cedar Springs, Dallas

4. 945 W. Lamar, Arlington

5. 4851 Legacy Dr., Frisco

6. 7505 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving

7. 3939 Frankford Rd., Dallas

8. 9700 Coit Rd., Plano

Denton, Texas Will Be Adding 14 New Charging Stations For Electric Vehicles

EV charging Over the next two months, Denton will be installing 14 new electric vehicle charging stations, six of which will be located on the University of North Texas campus.

The six UNT stations will be located at the Murchison, Wooten, and the RTVF Buildings.  Each location will have two charging stations. 

The off-campus locations include Denton Square, Denton Public Library, and Cupboard National Foods.

These 14 locations will bring the total number of EV charging stations in the D/FW area to over 250, making the Metroplex one of the most EV-friendly areas in the nation.