Charlotte Among the Most Electric-Vehicle-Friendly US Metropolitan Areas in 2023


The electric revolution marches on, with the US set on achieving new growth milestones every year. Changes in global transportation and mobility are being driven by the climate change issue, with the shift to electric vehicles (EVs) viewed as a vital point in decreasing carbon emissions. Recently, StorageCafe conducted a study to identify the best-equipped metro areas for EVs.

We rated over 100 metropolitan areas based on 17 key metrics such as the number of EVs, availability of public chargers, price of electricity (expressed as an eGallon), dedicated highway systems (HOV and HOT lanes), condition of roads, clean energy, EV insurance costs and local incentives.

While California may be the poster child for electric vehicle (EV) adoption, there are other cities quietly making significant strides towards an electric future. The Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area is on track to getting a reputation for being EV-friendly and now ranks 23rd among the best places to own an electric vehicle.

Here are a few key findings about the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia metropolitan area:

  • The metro area saw an impressive 53% year-over-year increase in electric vehicles in 2021, with over 9,300 EVs on the streets.
  • The metro is also picking up the pace in providing the right infrastructure to stimulate EV uptake. There are now 0.3 public charging stations per 1,000 households. Moreover, renters also have greater convenience these days as nearly 4.7% of apartment buildings offer charging stations.
  • With an eGallon costing roughly $1.1 and insurance rates averaging around $105 per month, owning an electric car in Charlotte is not only environmentally friendly but also affordable.
  • Charlotte can boast that 85.5% of its public transportation runs on clean fuel, although only 1.2% of the area’s power is derived from renewable sources.

What do you think? Will your next car be electric? You can find the full report, together with how experts answered some questions about the current infrastructure and electric car proliferation, here: