Media post: Top 3 Reasons to Buy a Used Luxury Car Over a New One

Why would you consider buying a pre-owned high-end vehicle instead of choosing a new car? The lower cost is the most obvious answer, but there are many things to consider before choosing whether to buy a premium car that is brand new or choosing a used one.

  1. Avoid waiting lists

Most new car dealerships might not have the stock in store and increasing your wait for your new car. This will be even longer if you are buying a premium car, as their production volumes are smaller. If you wanted to buy, for example, a new Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, you’ll have to patiently wait around 2 years to get your car ready. However, you could drive it away on the same day if you find a pre-owned one.

Buying a used prestige car from a dealer could help you avoiding a long waiting list. Stratstone, for example, offers a range of more than 1800 used premium cars, helping you find the one that better suits. They can even move it to your nearest dealer, so you can browse their whole range online and get your car delivered near your house.

  1. Save money

Used cars are the cheapest. An average car depreciates around a 20% of its value per year for the first 3 years, so if you pay £100.000 for a car, it will be worth £40.000 just three years after buying it. Even as soon as you get it on the road your car loses 12% of its value. In other words, if you don’t mind getting a car that is three years old, you can pay about a 40% of its original price. What’s even better, after the first three years, cars depreciation rate reduces notably, so your car will keep a significant value over the years. Big used car dealerships offer more competitive prices that private sellers. Stratstone commit to beating any other offer in the market, helping you find the best deal.

  1. Cheaper maintenance

Cheaper cars are easier and less costly to maintain, we all know that. But if you are thinking of saving money maintaining a premium car you should think about buying a used car. Parts and repairs are more expensive for a new car than for a car that is slightly older. Long-life components of a car are usually costlier to fix or replace, and they will be more difficult to get if you don’t bring your car to an official dealership. However, there is a greater offer of aftermarket parts for cars that have already been in the market for a few years, plus technicians will already have experience fixing this kind of cars in particular, reducing the number of hours needed to make your car look spotless.

Media post: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story infographic

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Discover the full infographic here

“British car dealership Motorparks has celebrated the highly anticipated release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story with an infographic which ponders how iconic vehicles from the Star Wars universe would fare when put up against similar vehicles that we have here on Earth. Take a look at the full visual below and discover battles such as Anakin Skywalker’s Podracer against the WM-P88 Peugeot Le Mans car and a three-way contest between Luke Skywalker’s X-34 Landspeeder, the Mazda MX-5 and the Jeep Wrangler. You’ll also find some fascinating facts and stats about each vehicle covered throughout the graphic…”

Discover the full infographic here

Media post: The Forgotten Mopar Cars

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The big three American automobile companies, GM, Ford and Chrysler, are really the “Big Two” and Chrysler. Chrysler has always been somewhat of a little brother to the other two, and you can see this in the cars they make. It seems they often target the niches that GM and Ford don’t go after. And they did so with great success. Chrysler with all of its brands — Dodge, Jeep, Plymouth, Ram, Eagle, De Soto and Imperial— gave us many automotive firsts, things like the first aerodynamic sedan, the first transistor car radio, the first alternator, the Hemi V8 and, of course, the minivan!

Some Chrysler-built cars are really famous. Even the most casual enthusiasts know the big name models such as the Plymouth Baracuda and Dodge Charger but there have been many that have fallen between the cracks. With assistance from Patterson of Kilgore, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer in Kilgore, TX, we have identified a few unique Chrysler model cars that have largely been forgotten. If see one hidden away in a barn somewhere, see if it’s for sale!

The Chrysler 300J

Chrysler’s 300 series cars represent one of its most iconic nameplates of all time. The 1963 300J was the most potent 300 series car that Chrysler ever made. It offered a powerful 413 cubic inch V8, great handling and a full leather interior (unusual for the time). But it didn’t sell, just 400 Chrysler 300Js were built before it was replaced by the cheaper 300K model.

The Plymouth GTX

Built between 1967-1971, the GTX was Plymouth’s version of 300 series car. Chrysler took two of its most powerful engines — the 440 six-pack, or the 426 Hemi V8 — and offered them in a fully optioned Plymouth Belvedere. Chrysler marketed this car as “The Gentlemen’s Muscle Car ”. The problem was that the Plymouth GTX got lost in a lineup that offered outstanding muscle cars such as the Barracuda, Road Runner, and the Superbird.

The Imperial

When Lee Iacocca took over Chrysler in the late ’70s, he quickly made the decision to shift most of its production to profitable, front-wheel drive compacts. This move probably saved the company which was almost bankrupt at the time. Iacocca did save one of the rear-wheel drive cars, though. It was the Imperial which was designed to compete with Ford’s Lincoln and GM’s Cadillac. Unfortunately, the result was a gawky, expensive coupe that never really took off. Between 1981 and 1983 just over 12,000 Imperials were built.

The Dodge Demon

In 1970, Plymouth launched the Demon. It was a mid-size “pony car” with a touch of sportinessadded. Designed to compete against cars like Chevy Nova and the Ford Mustang, it was a popular model but not like the Nova and Mustang. An interesting fact: Chrysler was lobbied by various religious groups to change the “blasphemous” name. Funny thing is, it could have been worse, Dodge originally planned to call it “the Beaver.”

The Dodge Charger SE

No, this is not anything like the Hemi-powered Dodge Charger from the 1960s. For 1975, Dodge transformed the once-mighty Charger from a muscle car to a bloated “luxury coupe.” It was closely related to the Chrysler Cordoba and that’s not a great heritage. Built between 1975 and 1978, sales of the Dodge Charger SE proved to be a disappointment. It was discontinued in 1978.

Media post: Putting the Famous Chrysler Hemi in Your Car

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Do you want to transform your old V8-powered car into a modern muscle car? If so, you have a couple options: you can hop up the existing V8 in the car or you can swap it for a more powerful one. Generally speaking, hopping up the engine in your car is the easiest route because all the engineering (motor mounts, transmission mounts, wiring, etc.) has been done for you. The other option, installing a different engine, is a more complex procedure but can yield a great deal more power if you do something wild -like drop a genuine Chrysler Hemi into it.

In the old days

Not long ago, engine swapping was a common pastime. It wasn’t hard to do, either. All you had to do was remove the old engine, weld in some new motor mounts and then plop the new one in. It was so easy that it was done by thousands of gearheads every day across America.

All this changed, however, when engines got complex. Any recently built engine is covered with electronic sensors and is run by a dedicated computer (ECM). Today, because they are so complex, swapping an engine almost requires that you are a professional mechanic –and a good one at that says Legacy of Island City, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer in Island City, OR.

The Hemi Engine Kit

Chrysler Corporation addressed this dilemma, though. Chrysler, or more accurately Mopar (Chrysler’s parts division), is offering a kit that allows one to mount one of their new Hemi engines in an older car. That’s right, Chrysler engineers have specifically designed a DIY Hemi installation kit! This is a game changer for the DIY hot-rod community and a fabulous marketing move by Chrysler. After all, having thousands of people installing Hemi engines in their cars can only add to the Hemi mystique.

The details

The “Mopar Crate Hemi Engine Kit” works with the 2014 and up 5.7-liter and 6.4-liter Hemi V8 engines. The kit includes a power distribution block, electronic control module, and a full wiring harness. There’s also a full easy-to-understand installation manual.

So, what are you getting by doing this? When installed, with the 5.7-liter Hemi will put out 383 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque, while the 6.4-liter will crank out 485 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. This is likely a massive upgrade to the power that your existing V8 puts out and you now are driving a genuine muscle car.

Just a few requirements

Mopar claims that a great deal of engineering work went into the Mopar Crate Hemi Engine Kit to make it plug-and-play, but there are a few caveats. First, it is best if the engine is paired with a manual transmission. Chrysler says you can pair it up with an automatic, but it won’t be an optimal installation. (A kit for an automatic transmission installation is in the works.) And for pricing, here’s what you can expect: First, the Mopar Hemi Engine Kit costs $1,795. This may sound expensive but think of the many hours it will save you. Then you need an engine, a 2014-2016 Chrysler Hemi engine, specifically. According to the Chrysler website, the 5.7L Eagle Hemi engine is $6070 and the 6.4 Apache Hemi engine is $9335.

Why do this?

Sure, it’s a lot of money to stuff a Hemi into your car but a Hemi isn’t just an ordinary engine. It’s a world-famous engine with a lot of history behind it. Just imagine the bragging rights you have when you are finished.

Media post: The Evolution of Gas Pumping

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Most of the states in the U.S used to have fire laws that disallowed “untrained personnel” from dispensing flammable fluids. Governments were worried about accidents happening due to letting people pump their own gas into their cars. This meant gasoline being dispensed at fill-up stations by their staff. Here’s the story.

Early days

The first filling stations began to come about around 1909. From the start, an attendant filled up the gas tank for the driver because of fire safety codes. The logistics of buying gas began to change as curbside hand-cranked pumps (which we’ll elaborate on very soon) turned into the boxy, stationary versions still used today. Attendants at gas stations also did more than just pump gas. They performed other complimentary services, like washing windshields and checking tire pressure and oil levels. For a while the city of Ford Wayne, Indiana was practically the world’s capital of gas-pump manufacturing.

Progression

The number of gasoline outlets started to soar as more and more United States residents purchased cars. Now, early gas pumps were operated via a hand crank. This crank has a “clock face” dial installed to let the consumer know how much gas had been pumped into the tank. By 1933, 170,000 gasoline stations existed, and that number was about 231,000 by 1940 according to the experts at CDJR Mopar Parts, a local Mopar Parts seller.

Then Self-Serve Came

Then in 1947, Frank Urich, a businessman working within the local fire codes, opened the first self-service gas station in California.  This was a huge attraction, because it may have seemed impossible to put into place, but it was saving money. Gas was selling for 20 cents  each gallon back then but because of self-service, customers only paid 15 cents. While some stations switched to this type of self-service gasoline, the idea didn’t really catch on with many retailers at the time. The large oil companies kept competing with one another through unique giveaways.

And more stuff came…

John Roscoe, who owned a gas station in Colorado, at first didn’t want to support remote access self-service gasoline.  Then, one day, Roscoe remembers, a man named Herb Timms visited with a box he had created that would allow a worker in the store to dispense gasoline at the pumps outside. In June of 1964, at a Westminster, Colorado, location, Roscoe activated the first U.S. remote access self-service gas pumps. Now, this was very interesting, because selling gasoline was never the same after that.

It was not long before everybody in the gasoline business wanted in but for remote self-service gasoline to expand, regulatory changes had to happen. Unfortunately, at the time, several state laws had provisions that forbade self-serve dispensers at service stations. However, the great majority of states (Oregon and New Jersey never did) changed the fire codes to let self-service dispensers be present in their states.

Today, of course, self-serve gasoline stations may be found throughout the land (except in Oregon and New Jersey) and it is a convenience that we take for granted. We hope that you’ve found this article to be informative, and that you have liked learning about how the process of gas pumping has evolved!

Media post: Cars that didn’t need to be built

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Every company makes mistakes but, with a little luck, they are small ones that no one really notices. The problem with making mistakes in the car business is that when it happens, the results are put on display for the whole world to see. In this article, we worked with ADA Dodge of Ada, a local Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealer in Ada, OK, and compiled a collection of several high-profile “mistake cars.” Although these cars may have seemed right at the time, the motoring public felt otherwise and was plenty vocal about it.

AMC Pacer

In the mid-1970s, tiny Wisconsin-based American Motors designed an innovative car called the Pacer. It was advanced for the time and had many features that others didn’t, things like rack-and-pinion steering, an elongated passenger door (for rear seat access) and an integrated roll bar. One particularly interesting feature was its external design which looked like a odd fishbowl (Google it to see a picture). It’s hard to believe that AMC made the pacer for 5 years because people didn’t like it and sales were terrible.

Ford Pinto

The Pinto was supposed to be Ford’s economy car of the ’70s. Ford made them from 1971 until 1980 and the car nearly destroyed the company. Anyone who was alive in the 1970s probably knows the story but for those who weren’t, here’s what happened. According to industry insiders, to save $11 in the manufacturing costs of every Pinto, Ford decided to place the Pinto’s gas tank in a place where it could be punctured easily when involved in rear end accidents. The result was that over 900 people died in fiery crashes because of this defect. In 1978, Ford finally recalled over 1.5 million of their Pintos and fixed them, but it was too late by then. The car had a reputation as a fire trap.

Cadillac Cimarron

During the ’80s, Mercedes-Benz was making huge inroads in the American market. The executives at General Motors didn’t understand why and responded with a “Mercedes-killer”: The Cimarron. The problem was that the public saw through it quickly. The Cimarron was essentially front-wheel drive Chevy Cavalier with fancy styling and a nice leather interior. Not helping was the fact that Cimarron sold for over 2.5 times what the Chevy sold for. By 1988, it had disappeared in a cloud of ignominy.

Ford Edsel

No list of automotive blunders would be complete without a mention of the Ford Edsel. Meant to occupy a niche just below their top-shelf Lincoln line, the Edsel was a 100% ground-up new car. The problem was that despite all the experts and researchers they hired to design the Edsel, no one actually polled the general public. When the Edsel started shipping, the car was rejected quickly because of its overall garish styling. Today the Edsel is a basic case study of how not to launch a new brand.

Plymouth Prowler

Around the mid-nineties, the folks at Plymouth needed to inject a little pizazz back into the stale Plymouth brand. The way they attempted this was by making a factory-rendition of a custom convertible coupe hotrod. The styling was interesting. It had open wheel design, wedge-shaped fuselage and wild colors. One of the problems with the Prowler was that the car was powered by Chrysler’s 3.5-liter V6 with all of 250 horsepower. This turned off a majority of potential buyers who naturally expected the car to have a potent V8. Another problem was that this wasn’t good for carrying passengers (2-seater) or carrying gear (tiny trunk). Basically, it wasn’t a very useful car. Plymouth built the Prowler for just three years.

Media post: The end of Phantom Traffic Jams

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There are two types of traffic jams. The first is when an actual accident occurs and because the traffic can’t flow smoothly (or at all), vehicles back up behind the accident point. The other is far more common and is referred to as a “Phantom Traffic Jam.” This is when one person slows down, sometimes just to look at something, and the others behind them slow down too. As this ripples down the line, eventually everyone comes to a halt. Phantom traffic jams are frustrating but humans and their physiological response times can’t do much about it. But smart cars can though as we learned from Hiley Mazda of Hurst, a local Mazda dealer in Hurst, TX.

Why Phantom Traffic Jams occur

Phantom traffic jams occur because of the limited reaction time that humans have. As we mentioned, when one car slows down, the car behind it will slow down and the car behind that car slows down and on and on until the traffic just stops. Note that there is nothing actually making the cars stop. It’s just the accumulation of reaction times that builds up until there is no room available to move. Interestingly, if you examine a long chain of cars in a phantom traffic jam, you will see that as it creeps along that a wave-like motion will flow through chain.

Video game simulation

Want to see this wave motion in action? You can with a browser-based video game called Error-Prone. With Error-Prone, you and up to 25 of your friends can control the acceleration of cartoon cars by pressing and releasing a key on a keyboard. Things will end as badly as you might expect, as slight variations in speed cause the chain to stop and then move ahead in “waves.” If you look carefully, you will see that the wave ripples around the circle.

Jamitons

Mathematically, Phantom Traffic Jam waves have been extensively studied. In 2009, a team from the National Science Foundation modeled these waves and even came up with a name for them. They are called “Jamitons.” The team also proposed a technology solution that could eliminate these Jamitons. It was an electronic-assist system that helped drivers to accelerate and decelerate more smoothly so it was less likely that Jamitons would occur. The problem is that this technology required human intervention and training, and this is unlikely to occur in the near future.

Smart cars

Now, we are on the cusp of autonomous self-driving vehicles, we expect that anti-Jamiton technology will be integrated into some vehicles. This will requires a car-to-car communication protocol and likely will be augmented by sensors located on “smart streets.” Advanced algorithms will be created to optimize traffic flow, and cars will give each other the proper space to drive with, anticipating slowdowns and braking.

Smart trucks

As you probably could guess, the trucking industry is quite interested in this technology. Millions of dollars per year are wasted by trucks carrying freight when they get stuck in traffic jams. Combined with autonomous driving systems, the trucking industry is watching the development of anti-Jamiton technology quite closely.

Media post: Features to look for when shopping for a connected car

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Not long ago, “connectivity” was only available on some of the most expensive automobiles made. Not anymore, today most new cars offer connectivity of some form or another. Problem is that connectivity refers to a wide variety of wireless functions. Thanks to the assistance of the folks at Len Stoler Lexus of Baltimore, a local Lexus dealer in Baltimore, MD, we have a list of some of the functions you should know about.

Telematics

Telematics technically means “the wireless transmission of digital data” but it has become a broader term within the automotive industry. It now refers to the on-board electronic systems in cars and trucks that allow outside digital communication with your vehicle. General Motors OnStar system was one of the first. OnStar allows a central control center to help you in emergency situations, lock/unlock your doors, open/close windows, as well as provide vehicle maintenance reminders and diagnosis.

Bluetooth

Technically Bluetooth refers to a short distance wireless communication but in automobile jargon it refers to the ability to connect devices to a vehicle’s digital system backbone. Today the most common use of Bluetooth is to connect smart phones to on-board, touch screen infotainment systems. This is quite handy because it allows you to use your smartphone while you drive, without having to pick it up and key in text.

Texting

In an increased effort to reduce distracted driving, text messaging functions have been built into some of the newer Bluetooth systems. Some functions include reading incoming messages aloud and offering a list of pre-written replies notifying the sender that you’ll get back to them later. Just recently, system have been released that allow the driver to send custom messages via a voice-to-text feature.

Navigation

Now referred to as “GPS,” on-board navigation systems allow you to do everything that your smartphone does with Google Maps and other GPS applications. Some of these on-board navigation systems offer built-in directories that can search for Points of Interests (POI) such as gas stations, shopping centers and restaurants. When buying, look for systems that can monitor traffic flow and problem spots in real-time, and can reroute you if need.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow you to control certain smart phone applications from a vehicle’s touchscreen, on-board system. This means that drivers can keep their eyes on the road yet can control multiple smartphone apps. Some systems allow voice control of these functions.

Entertainment

And yes, connected car technology centers allow one to enjoy audiophile-quality audio reproduction. Audio sources may include listening to the radio or playback various media and audio files via a USB connector. One difference from the old days is that the on-board systems today are designed for outstanding sound reproduction because they are frequently designed for the specific vehicle they are installed in.

Mobile Apps

Some automakers have added custom app-based control over their vehicles. Here’s an example that parents will especially like. With the manufacturer’s app downloaded to a smartphone, you can set boundaries such volume limits, maximum allowable speed and audible warnings if the car ventures outside a defined area. Apps for electric vehicles (EV) and Plug-In Hybrids can also provide battery charge status, charge time, range, and more.

USB – Charging

Not all USB ports are created equal. Some are not powered and this is great for transferring data but not so good for charging digital devices. Make sure you have a powered USB connector in your car.

Media post: Stutz – The Consummate Automotive Pioneer

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One of the best looking cars of the 1920s was the Stutz Bearcat. You’ve probably have seen one before but didn’t know what kind of car it was. Do yourself a favor and type “Stutz Bearcat” into Google and take a look. It was basically a glamorous version of the race cars of the early 1900s. The Bearcat was not an inexpensive car, it retailed for over five times what a Model T Ford cost, yet they sold like mad. Thanks to the folks at Hiley Mazda of Arlington, a local Mazda dealer in Arlington, TX, here’s the full story of this unusual car.

About Harry Stutz

Harry Clayton Stutz grew up in the mid-west taking care of the agricultural machinery on the Stutz family farm. When he reached his later teen years, he desperately wanted to build a “horseless carriage” to drive around in. Given his mechanical talents, it didn’t take long before he was building cars. In 1897, he built his first car using an engine from a piece of farm machinery and in 1999, a second one using a gasoline engine that he completely designed and built himself.

Soon Stutz was becoming known in the nascent automobile business and in 1906 he joined the Marion Motor Car Co. as chief engineer. In 1910, Marion introduced a seminal car: the Marion Special Roadster. Designed for racing, the Special had a number of unique features designed by Stutz. One of these was the “transaxle,” which combined the transmission and rear differential into one unit. The Special Roadster was a big hit but it wasn’t long before Stutz wanted to build his own car, a racing car.

Stutz goes to the Indy

Stutz left Marion in 1910 and went about building a race car with his name on it. Automotive historians say the car was a built in just 5 weeks and it competed at the first running of the Indy 500. The driver was Gil Anderson and he drove the car to an eleventh place finish. Later in 1911, Stutz and some other investors founded the Ideal Motor Car Co. to manufacture of the Stutz Model A, a duplicate of the now very popular Indy race car. Soon he was being asked for other car models.

Taking styling cues from the Model A race car, Stutz designed and built the first Stutz Bearcat sports car in 1912. The Stutz Bearcat was a true sports car — a powerful engine, multispeed transmission and not much else. Creature comforts were secondary concerns, speed was the first. In fact, its clutch was so stiff that it was rumored the purpose was to prevent women from driving this “man’s racing car.”

The Ideal Motor Car Company

The reaction to the Bearcat from the motoring public was fantastic. As a result, in June 1913 the Ideal Motor Car Co. was reorganized as Stutz Motor Car Co., with Harry Stutz as president. With sales through the roof, the demand for Stutz vehicles was so strong that Stutz decided to go public in 1916. The primary reason for this was to acquire capital for an expansion of manufacturing facilities. In 1919, the bustling Stutz Motor Car Co. was bought by a group of Wall Street investors headed by Allan A. Ryan and Stutz went on to other automotive ventures.

Fire engines and another Stutz

In 1920, Stutz founded two new automotive ventures, the Stutz Fire Engine Company and the H.C.S. Motor Car Co. Soon it became known that Stutz was just as talented at building fire engines as he was at building race cars. The first Stutz pumper earned a perfect score in a 12-hour test at a national fire chief’s convention and several cities placed orders on the spot. Like his Stutz Motor Car Co. venture, he sold his interest in the Fire Engine Company and in 1924 focused on the H.C.S. Motor Company. Unfortunately when the great depression hit in 1929, the public’s demand for cars bottomed out. In the mid-thirties, the Stutz Motor Car Company and H.C.S. Motor Company were both declared insolvent and were shut down. Gone forever, was one of the great names of The Classic Era of American automobiles.

Media post: Best US Cities for EV Owners

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If you are considering the purchase of an Electric Vehicle (EV), there is more than just the cost of the vehicle and its driving range to consider. Hiley Volkswagen of Arlington, TX, a local Volkswagen dealer in Arlington,TX, insists that every EV driver should also investigate where the local charging stations are so they can determine whether an EV matches their driving lifestyle. Many prospective EV owners neglect to do this and can end up disappointed with their decision to buy an EV.

The good news is that most cities around the country are relatively “EV-friendly.” And some are quite ready for EV traffic. Thankfully the details of this have been researched by Indiana University and the study is available for all to see. What they did is rate cities across the nation as to their “EV-Readiness.” EV-Readiness takes into account factors such as charging station infrastructure, purchase incentives, HOV lane access, and many other variables. Using the IU study, let’s look at the top five best cities to use an EV in today.

Number Five – Denver

Denver is a great place to live when you drive an electric car. The primary reason is purchase incentives. Colorado incentives remain among the highest in the country. In fact, some buyers in Colorado can get into an EV for under $10,000. This has led directly to a high adoption rate not only in Denver but throughout the entire state.

Number Four – New York

Well, New York came in at number four. First, they have hundreds of charging stations but a caveat exists. Most of them are free but inside parking garages. This means that charging would require paying the parking garage fee. At this time there is not state purchase incentives being offered in New York but rumor is that some are on the way. Other positive factors are HOV lane access -at least on the Long Island Expressway for now.

Number Three – Baltimore

In Baltimore, you can start with $3,000 state tax credit available to all Maryland residents with EVs. Add that to the current federal tax credit of $7500 and all the sudden you can knock over $10Koff the price of your new EV. There are also 700 easy-to-access charging stations available in the Baltimore metro area. This city is ready for your EV.

Number Two – Washington, D.C.

Washington, DC is definitely courting EV owners. There aren’t any state cash purchase incentives but other incentives exist. State HOV lane access, discounted car insurance, state tax credits, and reduced registration fees are just a few. There are 100s of public charging stations to access as well. Washington DC is an excellent city to drive an EV in.

Number One – Portland

Big surprise here, Portland ranks number one among the best cities for EV drivers. It really isn’t too surprising considering that Portland is a city with many progressive initiatives in place. Charging stations? Oregon has hundreds of them and Oregonians can get up to $750 off the cost of a home charger installation. The exciting part of being an EV owner in Portland is the small size of your carbon footprint. Since there is a lot of hydroelectric power on the grid, you have an entire city that emits few emissions.