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Best Cities to Own an Electric Vehicle

December 3, 2015

While an electric vehicle (EV) might seem like a great way to save money on gas, it may not be as big a savings as you think depending on where you live.

According to an article on, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) conducted a study last year on the cost benefit of owning an EV compared to a gas vehicles in 25 different cities in the United States. They found only four cities -- Atlanta, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco -- had a total cost of ownership after six years that was below that of a gas-using vehicle. The cost of ownership for an EV in all the other cities was more than owning a gas-powered vehicle. The charts below illustrate the ICCT's findings.

What does this mean for EV car shoppers? Make sure to do your homework - know what incentives your state and city governments offer to help make owning an electric vehicle worth your while.

And as always, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to find the best deals on electric vehicles in your local area. Chart
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