As Saweetie and Doja Cat say in their new song “Best Friend” together, “Beep beep, is that my bestie in a Tessie?”
In case you’re unfamiliar with their lingo, a “Tessie” is a Tesla, the groundbreaking electric vehicle brand, spearheaded by the world’s richest meme-poster, Elon Musk. Considering how high-tech they are, and how expensive they can be to own, Teslas are definitely a status symbol! But what’s the best place in our area to own one?
Research from LawnStarter finds that Virginia isn’t the ideal place to go green with your transportation: in a new ranking, Virginia Beach was named the 96th-best city to own an electric vehicle (EV). Richmond checked in at 112th, Newport News scored 122nd, Norfolk placed 132nd, and Chesapeake brought up the rear for Hampton Roads at 189th overall.
Comparing that to our neighbors to the south, in North Carolina, and it turns out that things are little more eco-friendly out on the roads. Raleigh was named the 61st-best city for EVs, with Charlotte, Greensboro, and Cary all out-ranking Virginia Beach too.
The methodology for the study looked at several things, including EV-friendly laws, insurance premiums, and the number of charging stations in each metro area, so it sounds like if VA Beach is ever going to become a Utopia full of quietly-humming Tessies, there’s lots of work to be done.