Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Where Are the Greenest Drivers?

Car shaped leaf,green cities

When you think of cities where the greenest drivers tend to be, what comes to mind as your first inclination? If you guessed the Golden State, you'd be correct! A recent survey by Cars.com set out to find the areas where the most consumers were searching for hybrid and electric vehicles online. Here are the greenest (as well as the least eco-friendly) cities, according to the data that was found.

Cities with most searches for eco-friendly vehicles:
1. San Francisco, CA
2. Madison, WI
3. Monterey-Salinas, CA
4. Portland, OR
5. San Diego, CA
6. Green Bay, WI
7. Santa Barbara, CA
8. Sacramento, CA
9. Chico, CA
10. Zanesville, OH

Cities with least searches for eco-friendly vehicles:
1. Odessa, TX
2. Laredo, TX
3. Fairbanks, AK
4. Albany, GA
5. Bluefield, VA
6. Glendive, MT
7. Helena, MT
8. Colombus, AL
9. Casper-Riverton, WY
10. Baton Rouge, LA

The dominance of cities in California makes sense, given the fact that they have more charging stations for battery powered vehicles, and a more pro-active atittude towards environment preservation and recycling than any other state. What's interesting is the fact that 3 midwestern cities made the list!  I've certainly seen plenty of Prii (the "official" plural form of Prius, according to Toyota) driving around St. Louis, and was surprised to not see our fine city mentioned.

As for the least green cities - what's your take? Do you think the data makes sense (do folks in the Lone Star state really apply the "bigger is better" mentality to everything, including their cars? Could be why hybrids aren't as popular there!)

Would you nominate a different city to have a spot in one of these two lists instead?

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