Bay Area Counties Lead Nation in Electric Vehicle Adoption

California is home to at least 30% of the nation’s electric vehicle stable.

Even though sales are on the rise, there are still fewer than 300,000 plug-in vehicles in America today. That is well short of the President’s goal of one million vehicles on the road by the end of 2015.

Within California however, several counties are experiencing strong adoption rates.

The Center for Energy Sustainability gathered rebate statistics and found that the Bay Area counties are the workhorses behind the adoption of electric vehicles.

Santa Clara County leads the state with a rate higher than 7 electric cars per 1,000 people. Marin, San Mateo, and Alameda Counties are also all above 4.5 vehicles per 1,000 people.

The four Southern California counties on the coast (San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, and Ventura Counties) have seen high numbers of vehicles but at somewhat lower rates per 1,000 people. All four are above 2 but below 3.5 vehicles per 1,000.

For the greater detail on this story, including the interactive map showing the numbers, see here.

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