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FYI Guy

Seattle Times news librarian Gene Balk crunches the numbers

August 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM

Seattle among cities that dominate U.S. electric vehicle sales

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Been noticing a lot of Leafs and Teslas around town lately?  New data reveal what you may have already guessed — Seattle-area drivers are electric car overachievers.

According to a report from automotive data giant R. L. Polk, Seattle is one of five metro areas that dominate the U.S. electric vehicle (EV) market.

Polk analyzed new vehicle retail registrations from January to May of this year and found that the five biggest electric vehicle metros account for more than half of all EV sales in the U.S.

These five metros are, in order of market share size: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, and Atlanta.  Together they make up about 52 percent of the U.S. EV market.

Seattle, with eight percent of all EV registration in the country, is the smallest in population of the top five metro areas.

Four of the top five metros are in states that have incentives for purchasing an electric vehicle, according to Plug In America; New York is the exception, though the sheer size of that market may account for its high ranking.

Perhaps the biggest surprise in this data is that Atlanta has more plug-ins than ultra-green Portland.

Neither Seattle nor Portland rank in the top-five markets for new sales of hybrid vehicles, according to Polk.

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