Pennsylvania Plug-in Map Shows Higher Concentration Around Cities
Pennsylvania has released a geographic breakdown of plug-in vehicle adoption based on data culled from a statewide incentive program that launched in 2011. Using a color-coded Google Maps overlay, the number of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle rebates approved in each county can be seen at PennLive.com.
In all, 593 rebates have been approved over the first two years of the program, which offers $3,000 for fully electric vehicles and PHEVs with larger battery packs like the Chevy Volt, and $1,000 for PHEVs with smaller batteries like the Toyota Prius plug-in or Ford C-Max Energi. In all, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection plans to distribute $3.3 million dollars in rebates to more than 1,100 drivers over the course of the program—though that may number may increase in the future, as the state has already chosen to extend the program beyond its initial 600-vehicle target.
Most of the rebates are concentrated in the state’s most populated, wealthiest counties, which should come as no surprise to those familiar with similar findings from other states. Plug-ins tend to be most popular in urban areas with higher population densities, particularly those with higher average income and level of education. These trends seem to hold true in Pennsylvania.
What is a bit surprising is that plug-ins have achieved no market penetration whatsoever in more than half of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. In fact, more than half of the state’s total plug-in sales have come from just seven counties surrounding or including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh (though roughly 45 percent of Pennsylvanians live in one of those seven counties.)
Pennsylvania’s charge infrastructure is even more concentrated. A quick look at the map of publically available charging stations in the state (either those online or currently in development,) reveals that there are fewer than 10 stations outside of the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh areas. Erie County, which has logged 13 plug-in sales, appears to have no public infrastructure, despite being one of the more plug-in-dense counties in the state.
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