The best places in the US and Europe to vacation with an electric car

I wrote an article earlier today about the best places in the UK to holiday with an electric car – based on the simple measures of most hotels or Airbnbs with EV charging stations and most hotels or Airbnbs with EV charging stations per inhabitant. The company that created this leaderboard, Elmo Drive, also created leaderboards for the US and Europe (yes, that includes the UK in this case).

For the United States, the ranking is by state and not by city, which makes it a little less fun and interesting – but it is what it is. I will return to the American analysis in a moment.

Incidentally, based on the total number of hotels or Airbnbs with charging stations, London was still #1 in Europe! As noted in the UK-focused article, London has 879 hotels or Airbnbs with access to electric vehicle charging. The second and third were Rome (Italy) and Istanbul (Turkey). The latter is definitely a surprise. However, Turkey is a very popular destination for European holidays (holidaysas the Europeans call them), so it makes sense when you think about it.

After these three, we have a handful of famous capitals – Paris, France (750 locations with charging stations); Amsterdam, Netherlands (677); Vienna, Austria (410); Oslo, Norway (388); Milan, Italy (387) – the latter not being the capital of Italy.

Per capita, the Croatian city of Split ranks first in Europe with 142.1 Airbnb terminals and hotels per capita, followed by Amsterdam (91.2); Bergen, Norway (72.1); and Oslo, Norway (66.9 chargers per 100,000).

It’s Europe. Now let’s look at the United States.

It’s no surprise that California tops the charts in terms of EV charging stations at hotels and Airbnbs. What is immediately surprising, however, is how close Florida is behind it, especially since California is much more populated. And then the position of Georgia not far behind Florida is even more surprising! The good news is clearly that many EV charging stations are being installed in hotels and Airbnbs across the United States, including states that would not typically be considered EV leadership locations.

There are other surprises in the rankings, but the top two near the top for me are that Utah entered the top 10 (perhaps due to its proximity to California), and that New York was no higher.

Then there is the fascinating question of per capita rankings. Vermont wins in this ranking! Hawaii, unsurprisingly, is #2.

Again, Utah does surprisingly well here! Same with Nevada, which supports the theory that these states are doing well particularly because they are close to EV giant California and hotels and Airbnb hosts know they will have many guests driving EVs. who want a place to recharge. (Also note that Nevada is home to Tesla’s first gigafactory.) The shock of the day in this ranking, however, has to be Idaho that appears in the top 10! I wasn’t expecting much from a state ranking – thinking it would be pretty plain and boring – but I was pleasantly surprised and this ranking just raises more questions for me.

All images courtesy of Elmo Drive.


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