(CBS Seattle) — Seattle’s reputation of being a green, energy-efficient city may have gotten even stronger according to a new report from R.L. Polk.

New data shows more than half of all electric vehicles in the U.S. (52 percent) are roaming the roads in five major cities — one of which is Seattle.

According to R.L. Polk, eight percent of electric vehicles are purchased in the Emerald City. San Francisco leads all U.S. cities with 19.5 percent; Los Angeles is the runner up with 15.4 percent; New York city represents 4.6 percent and Atlanta is at 4.4 percent.

Analysts point to tax cuts in California for EV drivers as a major factor. EV drivers are also granted HOV lane access in most of these cities. In New York, EV drivers can get a sticker to access the 40-mile stretch of the Long Island Expressway that leads into New York City.

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