Study takes a shot at rating which cities are most ready for electric-vehicles

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Whether you like it or not, electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids are on their way to become a big percentage of the automotive market – but which cities in the United States are most prepared to become leaders in the segment?

A firm by the name of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and Rocky Mountain Institute’s Project Get Ready have ventured out to identify which cities in America are currently readiest for plug-in hybrids and electric-vehicles and which need to accelerate to accommodate the launch of electric vehicles.

“The debate around plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has long revolved around technology, costs, charging stations, and consumer acceptance,” Roland Berger Strategy Consultants said in a statement. “For many years, PEVs seemed to be a distant scenario, but recently, rapid advancements in technology (especially batteries) have been achieved thanks to massive investment by industry and governments. Now, PEVs have become a reality and attention is shifting from technology viability and pilots to resolving infrastructure, incentives, education, and overall readiness issues.”

Check out the full list after the jump.


  • Austin, Texas
  • Denver
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Phoenix
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Raleigh, N.C.
  • Riverside, Calif.
  • Sacramento, Calif.
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose, Calif.
  • Seattle

Aggressive Followers

  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis

Fast Followers

  • Atlanta
  • Baltimore
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Kansas City
  • Las Vegas
  • Minneapolis
  • Providence, R.I.
  • San Antonio
  • St. Louis
  • Tampa, Fla.


  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Boston
  • Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Hartford, Conn.
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Memphis, Tenn.
  • Miami
  • Milwaukee
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • New Orleans
  • Oklahoma City
  • Norfolk, Va.
  • Pittsburgh
  • Philadelphia
  • Richmond, Va.
  • Salt Lake City
  • Washington, D.C.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Roland Berger (via KickingTires)