EV Car Drivers in LA Differ From the Rest of the Country

According to the LA Times, people who drive electric vehicles in Los Angeles generally travel farther and charge more often in public and at off-peak hours (when it’s cheaper) versus those that drive an EV in other parts of the country. This is certainly good news for people in LA who are hesitant to buy an electric car because of range anxiety.

Ecotality oversees the EV Project, a $230-million deployment of electric-vehicle charging infrastructure funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy to aid the rollout of electric vehicles and conduct research.

About 4,600 of a planned 8,300 residential chargers and 1,600 of a planned 5,000 public chargers have been installed through the EV Project since 2010. To date, more than 26 million of an anticipated 100 million miles of driving data have been analyzed in 18 major cities, including Seattle, Dallas, Nashville and Los Angeles.

Owners of electric vehicles report their usage to Ecotality who then tally the data and analyze patterns. Based on L.A. data for the first quarter of 2012, Leaf drivers charge away from home 24% of the time, versus 19% nationally. They travel about 28.1 miles between charges versus 27.4 miles nationally and arrive at home with more depleted charges than EV drivers in other cities.

Ecotality plans to continue their study through the end of 2013 by which point additional EV models (such as the Toyota RAV4 EV) will have been added to the market.

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