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U.S. consumers scrambling to buy electric vehicles so they never have to pay high gas prices again might consider moving to Massachusetts, Vermont, or California — and leaving Louisiana, Kentucky, and California. ‘Idaho.
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The top three states are ranked as the best for owning an electric vehicle, according to a recent report by auto insurance app Jerry. These last three states are among the worst.
Jerry studied states based on three different factors: EV charging port density, gas savings after switching to an EV, and government incentives. What the researchers learned is that buying and driving an electric vehicle can be a great financial and logistical decision, depending on where you live.
Drivers who live in certain northeastern or west coast states – such as the aforementioned Massachusetts, Vermont and California – enjoy many financial incentives to buy electric vehicles, as well as better access to ports of recharge. But that’s not the case for drivers in Louisiana, Kentucky and Idaho.
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Here are some of the key findings of the study:
- Louisiana, Kentucky and Alaska all have less than 10 EV charging ports per 100,000 people, 10 times fewer than Vermont.
- EV drivers in Washington, Oregon and Rhode Island save more than $4,800 in gas costs over the life of the car.
- Drivers in California, Massachusetts and Maryland can save $8,000 by switching to electric vehicles thanks to financial incentives offered by various government agencies. Drivers in Kansas, Kentucky, North Dakota and West Virginia have no such incentives.
Nine of the top 10 states to own an electric vehicle are located on either the East Coast or the West Coast. Here’s how they rank, according to Jerry:
Nine of the 10 worst states to own an EV are in the South or Midwest:
Before deciding if an electric vehicle is right for you, Jerry recommends weighing government incentives and gas prices against the cost of the vehicle and the availability of charging ports.
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