Thinking of buying an electric car as gas prices rise? These are the best and worst states for electric vehicles

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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:

Rank State
1 Massachusetts
2 Vermont
3 California
4 Hawaii
5 Rhode Island
6 Connecticut
7 new York
8 Maine
9 Colorado
ten Maryland

Nine of the 10 worst states to own an EV are in the South or Midwest:

Rank State
41 Alabama
42 Oklahoma
43 West Virginia
44 Nebraska
45 Mississippi
46 North Dakota
47 Arkansas
48 Idaho
49 Kentucky
50 Louisiana

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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About the Author

Vance Cariaga is a London-based writer, editor and journalist who previously held positions at Investor’s Business Daily, The Charlotte Business Journal and The Charlotte Observer. His work has also appeared in Charlotte Magazine, Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal, and Business North Carolina magazine. He holds a BA in English from Appalachian State University and studied journalism at the University of South Carolina. His reporting has earned him awards from the North Carolina Press Association, Green Eyeshade Awards and AlterNet. In addition to journalism, he has worked in banking, accounting and restaurant management. A North Carolina native who also writes fiction, Vance’s short story “Saint Christopher” placed second in the 2019 Writer’s Digest short story competition. Two of her short stories appear in With One Eye on the Cows, an anthology published by Ad Hoc Fiction in 2019. Her first novel, Voodoo Hideaway, is published in 2021 by Atmosphere Press.

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