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Fresno is one of the top 20 cities in the U.S. for EV owners, the report said. This is why

According to Business Insider, Fresno is a great place to own an electric vehicle.

The Central Valley city landed on a list of the top 20 metropolitan areas for EV owners, the news website reported.

Home listings site Realtor.com teamed up with Kelley Blue Book, owned by automotive technology company Cox Automotive, to compile a report identifying the top 20 housing markets for EV drivers in 2024.

San Jose came in first with the highest share of EV-friendly listings on Realtor.com in 2023.

About 4.9% of real estate listings mentioned electric vehicles, five times the national share of 0.9%, according to Realtor.com.

The Bay Area city had a ratio of 24 electric vehicles per public charging port.

A total of eight California cities placed in the top 20, including San Francisco, which ranked third, and Los Angeles, which was No. 8.

A Mercedes-Benz car is seen pulling into the new EV charging station outside Mercedes-Benz headquarters on November 15, 2023 in Atlanta.  Mercedes-Benz introduced a groundbreaking fast-charging hub for electric vehicles (EV) at its US headquarters, launching a plan to deploy 2,000 charging stations worldwide by the end of 2024.  (Miguel Martinez/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

How did researchers come up with a list of EV-friendly cities?

To compile the list, researchers looked at two key factors, Business Insider reports.

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They first assessed “the percentage of homes in a market that advertised their electric vehicle friendliness,” including home charging stations, the release said.

Researchers also looked at the density of electric vehicles compared to the number of available public charging ports.

What are the 10 best cities in the US for electric vehicles?

Here are the top 10 metropolitan areas in the country for EV owners:

  1. San Jose

  2. Salt lake city

  3. San Francisco

  4. Boston

  5. Seattle

  6. Durham, North Carolina

  7. Austin, Texas

  8. Los Angeles

  9. Washington, DC

  10. Denver

Where did Fresno rank in the rankings – and why?

In addition to San Jose, San Francisco and Los Angeles, a number of California cities are among the top 20 cities for electric vehicle owners.

San Diego and Sacramento narrowly missed out on the top 10, landing at No. 11 and No. 12, respectively.

Oxnard was No. 14, while Riverside was No. 15.

Fresno came in at No. 19, with about 0.7% of local home listings on Realtor.com in 2023 involving electric vehicles.

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The city had a ratio of 14 electric vehicles per public charging port.

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