Murfreesboro Now Ranked as 8th Worst City for Electric Car Owners

Mar 02, 2021 at 07:27 am by WGNS

A lawn care company that has a sole purpose of linking homeowners with lawn care providers - - that has become known for their “Best Of” and “Worst Of” lists, put together another list, this time ranking Murfreesboro as one of the worst cities for electric car owners.

#1 Irvine, CA
#2 Riverside, CA
#3 Sacramento, CA
#4 Fort Collins, CO
#5 Salt Lake City, UT

and ... #192 Murfreesboro, TN

On this list, Murfreesboro ranked at number 192 for the 2021 "Best" Cities for Electric Car Owners. Of course, a rank of 192 is not exactly at the top of the list and is instead at the bottom of the list that ranked a total of 200 cities nationwide.

To get their results, the company evidently looked under the hood of 200 U.S. cities and ranked them on 11 key factors — from the number of state EV laws and incentives to average insurance premiums to the number of charging stations per capita.  

Needless to say, Murfreesboro didn’t stack up to the other cities on their list.

Murfreesboro’s Rank for Some of the Key Metrics (200 = Worst)

• Electric Vehicle Charging Stations per Capita - 80th
• Average Commute Time - 126th
• Electricity Cost - 61st
• Presence of Local Clean City Coalitions (Yes=1, No=0) - 0
• Number of Electric Vehicle State Laws and Incentives - 185th
• Property Crime Rate (Larceny-Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft) - 92nd

Highlights and Lowlights:

• California is Electric Avenue: With a whopping 21 out of the top 25 cities, the Golden State is laps ahead of the rest of the country in the electric vehicle race. Irvine, for example, finished No. 1 with the highest number of electric vehicle charging stations per capita, and Sacramento is tops for having the most EV laws and incentives. 

• California’s strong finish may all be related to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent mandate for all new California vehicles to be electric by 2035. 

• Not in Kansas Anymore: Kansas City, Missouri, is the 38th largest city in the U.S., but it came in 4th on the number of EV charging stations per capita. And one of its largest satellite cities — Overland Park, Kansas — holds 6th place in the same metric.

This is no accident: Kansas City leaders have made a concerted effort to build up infrastructure and attract EVs. While the incentive categories for both cities leave much to be desired, it’s safe to say America’s Heartland is a surprising hotspot for drivers of electric cars.

• Go Ahead, Mess With Texas: With six cities in the bottom 20, the Lone Star State is woefully behind on the electric vehicle craze. Midland is the worst-ranked city with abysmal numbers of EV charging stations, high electricity costs, and a low incentive structure.

In fact, oil-producing giant Texas is considering a major fee hike on electric and hybrid vehicles, which will surely serve as a disincentive. Despite being home to one of Tesla’s newest EV factories, Texas has a long way to go before it can be considered a friendly place for electric vehicles.

Their full ranking and analysis can be found here:

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