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10. Sacramento – California’s capital, Sacramento has 800,759 commuters and 87.3 percent drive to work. Suburbs falling in the 50-mile radius from Sacramento city center include Arbuckle, Fairfield, and Yuba City.

Other Factors to Consider

Commute distance is certainly one consideration – and a big one for early adopters of EVs. But convincing consumers to purchase or lease an EV also requires that an EV-friendly infrastructure already be in place. This means convenient charging stations at workplaces and other public places as well as in-home charging units.

That’s a tall order. But some states already have plans underway. These include Connecticut, which has signed a commitment to clean-energy mobility and the advancement of electric vehicles in the state.

The state of Hawaii, where the Nissan Leaf will go on sale in January 2011 (along with Texas), has signed a partnership with Nissan to promote development of EVs and create an electric vehicle charging network throughout the state. In addition, Hawaii state tax credits of up to $4,500 toward the purchase of an EV and a $500 tax credit toward an in-home charging station, coupled with the up to $7,500 federal tax credit, should make the purchase of a Nissan Leaf more attractive to Hawaii consumers.

Leaf carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $32,720. With state and federal tax credits, the net purchase price for Hawaii residents could be as low as $20,780. The same state and federal tax credits would also apply to EVs from other manufacturers, should those vehicles become for sale in the state.

Is your city on the list of 10 best candidate cities for EVs? Do you currently commute 50 miles or less to work? Would you consider the purchase or lease of an EV at some point in the near future?

And at what point will an EV start to make sense for American families – perhaps as just that, a commuter car. Millions of consumers will be asking themselves these types of questions in the years to come.

Be sure to check out the review of the 2011 Nissan Leaf in The Car Connection.

[General Electric, Nissan]

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