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August 20, 2013 at 7:52 AM
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.
July 3, 2013 at 11:14 AM
America’s love affair with the automobile may have finally hit a dead end, according to a recent article in The New York Times. It’s a bold claim, but the data back it up.
The number of miles driven in the United States peaked in 2005 and has been steadily declining since.
In particular, younger people have turned their backs on the car. They are much less likely to get a driver’s license than previous generations, and they don’t romanticize automobiles in the way that their parents did. Their love affair is with smart phones, not cars.
Is there evidence of this trend at the local level? (more…)
May 29, 2013 at 11:08 AM
Washington is among 12 states, along with the District of Columbia, where deaths from firearms outnumber deaths from motor vehicles, according to a report from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. In 2010, there were 609 gun deaths compared with 554 motor-vehicle deaths in the state.
The numbers for firearms deaths include accidents, suicides, and legal interventions in addition to homicides (according to CDC data, most of Washington’s gun deaths were suicides–464 of the 609 fatalities).
Nationally, motor-vehicle deaths still outpace gun deaths. However, the gap between the two numbers has been narrowing; since 1999, motor-vehicle deaths have declined by 20 percent while firearm deaths have jumped by 10 percent.
The other states with more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths are: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Virginia (see table below for data; columns are sortable by clicking on the heading). (more…)
November 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM
Now that Washington is on a mail-in ballot system, none of us will be driving to the polls tomorrow. But that doesn’t mean we can’t vote with our cars. In fact, we kind of do already.
Washington State Republicans and Democrats have strong preferences when it comes to their choice of cars, just as they do with their choice of candidates. This really isn’t surprising, because the cars we drive can say a lot about who we are. Think about it: when you see someone behind the wheel of a Hummer or a hybrid, you probably make certain assumptions about the driver.
Now I’m not suggesting that car choice is a predictor of a person’s politics. But the data show that certain cars do in fact have a stronger appeal to either Republicans or Democrats. And on the eve of this high-stakes election, with passions and anxieties running high, I thought it would be a fun diversion to take a look at what Republicans and Democrats like to drive most. (more…)
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