Electric vehicles are growing in popularity in the United States as prices continue to fall and technology improves, according to a new survey from FormRush. Key insights from November 2023 show that there are currently 2,442,300 EV owners in the U.S. (7.18 per 1,000 people).
From 2016-2022, there has been a 771.3% increase in the number of EVs within the country. The top states outpacing the U.S. in EV ownership are California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Colorado, New Jersey, Arizona, Utah and Vermont. California currently leads with 23 EVs for every 1,000 residents.
“EV ownership in the Golden State skyrocketed between 2021 and 2022, jumping 60%. And get this – it grew a whopping 539% between 2016 and 2021! Talk about setting the pace,” wrote Rinas Bullatovci, Senior Content Editor for FormRush. “The state just hit a huge milestone too — a quarter of all new cars sold there in the second quarter of 2023 were plug-in electrics.”
In Nevada, EV registrations surged 89% from 2021 to 2022. In Utah, a state known for its canyons and alpine peaks, nine out of every 1,000 residents own an EV. This represents a 70% spike in EV ownership since 2021. And in Washington, one in every 14 people drives an EV. Registrations increased 56% from 2021 to 2022 in the state.
“The state is definitely gathering speed on the road to reducing fossil fuel dependence,” added Bullatovci. “As EVs replace more gas-powered cars each year, Washington moves closer to its vision of sustainable, eco-friendly transportation.”