With 40K EVs, Inland Empire Ranks 10th Best in Electric Vehicles Adoption

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Sep 9, 2021


Electric Vehicles

Inland Empire, specifically Riverside county, Ontario, and San Bernardino, were ranked 10th best metro areas for electric vehicle adoption, according to a new report published by Storage Café, an online rental storage marketplace published last month.

The report shows that San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, and Los Angeles led the adoption of electric vehicles.

The publisher analyzed several factors to come up with the findings:

  • Residential charging stations
  • EV infrastructure, including public
  • Number of registered electric vehicles
  • HOT (high-occupancy toll) lanes for EVs
  • The cost of an e-Gallon (cost of charging a vehicle using electric when compared to a gasoline-powered one)

“The data we used here is mostly centered around EV ownership and infrastructure. Because for people to be encouraged to adopt EVs, the infrastructure has to be there.” Mirela Mohan, Senior Editor with Storage Café

While the statistics and ranking by Storage Café are important, there are more important factors driving the expansion of EVs. So first, let’s see where the Inland Empire region stands in this yet-to-be-competitive space.

We covered this in our Weekly Wire Roundup

1.8M Electric Vehicles

The US registered 1.8 million electric vehicles in 2020, according to a Global EV Outlook 2021 report published by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The numbers indicate a sharp uptick in the adoption of EVs.

Ten million electric cars were on the world’s roads in 2020, making up 4.6% of the total car sales worldwide 2020.

The report by IEA points out two factors that greatly contribute to EV adoption. The first is the fiscal incentives inducing scale-up in EV manufacturing and battery industries. A second factor is the buyer-side subsidies in vehicle purchases and registration tax rebates.

The adoption of EVs is also helped by a worldwide push to discontinue the use of traditional combustion engine vehicles.

Countries Plan to Phase Out Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles

The image below shows the timeline countries plan to follow to phase out the traditional vehicles having internal combustion engines. In a nutshell, IEA, “20 countries have announced the full phase-out of the internal combustion engine (ICE) car sales over the next 10‑30 years”.

Country-Wise Plan to Phase Out ICEs

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Source: International Energy Agency

The EV City Case Book

To understand how far ahead the federal, state, and city governments have come to implement a fundamental shift towards electrification of the transport system, starting with electric vehicles, the report by IEA titled “The EV City Case Book” sheds ample light on the proceedings.

With a million electric buses expected to be on the roads worldwide in the next five years, Shenzhen, London, Kolkata, and Izmir lead the way in the electrification of their buses.

“Shenzhen was the first city in the world to fully electrify its bus fleet in 2017.”

International Energy Agency, in the EV City Case Book, 2021

Per the numbers game, the US does not lead the world in electrifying its transport system, including buses and taxis. However, there’s a concerted effort to make EVs the default purchase moving forward. For instance, “the City of Los Angeles is electrifying its entire government fleet, with more than 800 electric vehicles already deployed“.

Partnerships, Joint Ventures, and Gov. Incentives

Partnerships, joint ventures, and government push towards electrification are everywhere. For example, the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) opened applications for $14M in EV charging station incentives in San José.

Businesses, commercial property owners, and multifamily residences in San José are eligible to apply for rebates and DC Fast charging equipment and installation costs. CALeVIP aims to double the public charging infrastructure in San Jose and bring it to 1,400 connectors and 100 DC fast chargers.  

The electrification of everything has become a political movement of sorts, and incentives in the EV industry are everywhere, from property owners to EV charging manufacturers and service providers.

This brings us to the point where the Inland Empire stands when a new EV revolution unfolds.

San Bernardino County Leads the Way in EV Infrastructure Manufacturing

The next time you ride in an electric vehicle, you may want to consider who made the trip possible. There’s a good chance it was built or sourced in San Bernardino County, California”. These opening lines appear in an article by the Site Selection Magazine and sum up nicely how San Bernardino is leading the pack regarding EV infrastructure manufacturing technologies.

There are numerous firms now engaged in EV work in San Bernardino county. Some of the areas these firms are working in include:

  • Electric charging stations
  • Designing and building electric shuttle buses
  • Mining the rare earth minerals for lithium-ion batteries that power EVs

For a detailed picture of San Bernardino’s role in building the next-generation EV infrastructure tech, the article “How the EV Sector in San Bernardino County Is Transforming the Way We Move” has an in-depth write-up.

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    Sharjeel joined Startempire Wire as emerging technologies editor. Earlier, he worked at Silicon Canals, a leading English language technology media source for the Benelux and wider Europe. He covered the European technology and startup ecosystem digging into latest funding rounds of startups.


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