Washington is the most EV-friendly state in the US, says The Fabricator. They came to this conclusion by considering factors such as registered electric cars per capita, availability of public charging stations, and state tax incentives for personal EV drivers.
On that note, Washington has more than 8,000 charging stations and a ratio of 8 public chargers for each registered EV.
The Evergreen State also provides eight distinct tax incentives for EV owners, and its electricity is pretty cheap compared to other states, costing only 8.33 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Oregon is a close second, with around 4,000 public chargers, cheap electricity (8.82 cents per kilowatt-hour), and 30,000 registered electric cars.
The friendliness towards EVs is especially prevalent on the West coast and in the Northeast regions — California (3rd), Arizona (4th), Nevada (5th), Utah (6th), Colorado (7th), New Jersey(8th), Hawaii (9th), and Idaho (10).
On the other hand, the worst states for EV owners are Rhode Island, Kansas, Mississippi, Arkansas, and South Dakota.
For example, Rhode Island has just two public charging stations per registered vehicle, and the state’s electricity is 122% higher than Washington’s 18.54 cents per kilowatt-hour.
Regarding public chargers, North Dakota and South Dakota are near the bottom of the list, with only 322 and 326 public charging posts. Furthermore, North Dakota has the lowest number of registered EVs in the country, a mere 380. For comparison, California has 563,070 registered electric cars — more than any other state.