CHARGING STATIONS

CHARGING STATIONS

Currently the U.S. has almost 53,000 charging stations (October 2022), some with multiple chargers. They are still far outnumbered by the 145,000 gas stations in the country. The Biden administration’s dream of having a half million charger plugs by 2030 may help ease the problem. Currently, California has 29% more than any other state ( 15,182) followed by New York  (3,085), Florida (2,858), and Texas (2,419) combined. It’s no surprise the four top states by GDP have the highest number of EV chargers, and California’s significant lead is also unsurprising considering its ambition to completely phase out the sale of new gas vehicles by 2035. Check this interactive map before you travel.

  • There are three levels of chargers, from Level One which charges very slowly to Level Three, otherwise know as Fast Chargers to the non-Tesla world and Superchargers to Tesla owners. A little detail:
    • Level 1: 120 -volt
    • Every EV or plug-in hybrid can be charged by plugging in the charging equipment to a regular wall outlet. You will get between 3-5 miles of range per hour.
      Level 2: 208-volt to 240-volt
    • This charging equipment can be installed anywhere and will give you between 12-80 miles of range per hour.
    • Level 3: 400-volt to 900-volt ( Fast chargers/Superchargers). You will get between 3-20 miles of range per minute. Very few residential locations have the high-voltage supply that is required. More detailed information on charging times here.
  • Do all EV’s use the same connector?
    • No. After which the only easy answer comes from Tesla. The charging equipment that comes with a Tesla can be used at Level 1, Level 2, at all Tesla Superchargers. Other EV connector information can be found here.
  • Can all EVs be charged, if they have the right connectors, at all charging stations?
    • No, only Tesla can be charged at a Tesla supercharger.
    • Other EV information about universal fast chargers can be found here.

As America works towards Biden’s goal of having half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 be zero-emissions vehicles ( battery electric , plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric), charging infrastructure across the nation is essential in improving accessibility and convenience for drivers.

The Biden administration has given early approval to 35 states’ EV infrastructure plans, granting them access to $900 million in funding as part of the $5 billion National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program set to be distributed over the next five years. More here: https://elements.visualcapitalist.com/interactive-ev-charging-stations-across-the-u-s-mapped/

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Interactive: EV Charging Stations Across the U.S. Mapped

10/22/22
As the electric vehicle market continues to expand, having enough EV charging stations is essential to enable longer driving ranges and lower wait times at chargers. Currently, the U.S. has about 140,000 public EV chargers…

Comprehensive Charging for Any Fleet.

05/16/22
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What Are The Different Levels Of Electric Vehicle Charging?

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In the Race to Scale EVs, New Entrants Push the Pedal on Ultra-Fast Charging Technology

08/16/21
With evermore dire reports from climate scientists on the relentless pace of climate change, the race to scale electric vehicles (EVs) is gaining speed. Utilities and start-ups are working feverishly to build fast-charging networks as automakers make major investments in EVs.…

We need gargantuan investment in EV charging stations. Where will the money come from?

08/12/21
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Want an EV charger? Good luck finding one, study says

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Indiana Tests Technology to Charge EVs While They Move

07/30/21
Can you imagine driving an electric car that charges itself while in motion? Researchers with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Purdue University are testing a new type of concrete that may do just that.

DOE says new building codes to cut energy costs by $138B, but EV backers see failure to advance charging

07/28/21
Updated building codes would save U.S. homes and businesses $138 billion in energy costs over the next three decades, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) concluded on July 21. However, electric vehicle advocates see a missed opportunity…

Rush to Build EV Charging Stations Comes Without Promise of Profit

07/25/21
Regional alliances are emerging as utilities join with one another—and with charging-station builders and government agencies—to plan the thousands of charging stations needed to bridge the gaps between U.S. cities.

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By Joann Muller  Photo: Aida Amer, Axios   08/08/22  
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GM gives interstate EV charging a huge boost

By Lisa Martine Jenkins  Photo: Frederic J. Brown, Getty Images   07/14/22  
Road trips in an electric vehicle are about to get easier. A lot easier. GM announced on Thursday that it plans to build a nationwide network of 2,000 DC fast chargers at up to 500…

Electric vehicles depend on chargers — this truth may be their greatest obstacle

By Andrew Moseman   07/08/22  
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Making EV charging a reality across the nation

By Xendee  Photo: Chesky   07/05/22  
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White House announces $700M in private investments for EV charging

By Erin Doherty  Photo: Justin Sullivan , Getty Images   06/28/22  
The Biden administration announced Tuesday that a number of companies are planning to invest more than $700 million to boost U.S. manufacturing capacity for electric vehicle charging.

The U.S. only has 6,000 fast charging stations for EVs. Here’s where they all are.

By Andrew Moseman  Photo: Allie Sullberg   06/28/22  
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DOT proposes rules for national EV charging network, including 97% uptime and 150 kW requirements

By Robert Walton   06/10/22  
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Biden Administration to Set Rules of the Road for Charging Electric Vehicles

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Steve Marcus , AP   06/09/22  
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Missouri ranks 7th in electric vehicle use, but access to charging remains a key barrier

By Meg Cunningham and Others  Photo : Connor Giffin , Missouri Business Alert   05/23/22  
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Massachusetts needs at least 750,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2030. We are nowhere close.

By Sabrina Shankman and Taylor Dolven  Photo: Ryan Huddle , Globe Staff   04/09/22  
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As Gas Prices Went Up, So Did the Hunt for Electric Vehicles

By Maggie Astor  Photo: Roger Kisby , The New York Times   04/08/22  
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EVs: The next grid battery for renewables?

By Peter Behr   03/30/22  
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Starbucks wants to become the gas station of the future for EVs

By Adele Peters   03/15/22  
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Sec. Pete Buttigieg on the future of electric cars in the U.S.

03/14/22  
Sec. of Transportation Pete Buttigieg told 60 Minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper that his department is hoping to create a network of 500,000 electric car charging ports around the country.

Biden officials open doors for states to access EV charging money

By Ben Geman  Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios   02/10/22  
The Biden administration is throwing open the doors for states to begin tapping $5 billion over five years from the bipartisan infrastructure law to expand electric vehicle charging on the nation's highways.

Do we need roads that charge cars? Detroit thinks so

By Julian Spector   02/02/22  
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Connecticut launches charging program to support 500,000 EVs by 2030

By Robert Walton  Photo: Getty Images   01/28/22  
EV enthusiasts are excited about Connecticut's charging program, but warn that utilities will need to explain the new incentives thoroughly in order to create more electric converts.

EV charging stations are annoying. Ford wants to fix them

By David Ferris  Photo: Praetorianphoto , Istock   01/04/22  
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The EV revolution’s next big roadblock: access to chargers

By Justine Calma  Photo: Drew Angerer , Getty Images   12/20/21  
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White House unveils EV charging action plan, prepares network rollout guidance for cities, states

By Robert Walton  Photo: Chip Somodevilla , Getty Images   12/14/21  
The White House on Monday unveiled an “EV Charging Action Plan” that sketches out how federal agencies will coordinate on the development of a national network of 500,000 electric vehicle chargers.

Major US utilities plan nationwide charging network, anticipating 22M EVs by 2030

By Robert Walton   12/08/21  
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Shaping the future of fast-charging EV infrastructure

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By Julian Spector   10/18/21  
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NYC unveils plan to build one of the largest electric vehicle charging networks in U.S.

By Erik Bascome  Photo: Erik Bascome   09/09/21  
Over the next decade, New York City will create one of the country’s largest electric vehicle charging networks in an effort to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

Time shift: How to make EV charging as clean as possible

By Jeff St. John  Photo: Andrew Roberts   09/08/21  
Vic Shao, CEO of Amply, sees a couple of different ways that his company can help transit agencies and commercial fleet operators charge their electric vehicles with the lowest-carbon electricity possible.

28 U.S. House Democrats want $85 billion in EV charging infrastructure funding

By David Shepardson  Photo: Mohammad Khursheed   08/10/21  
A group of 28 U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked congressional leaders to back $85 billion in funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a big jump over funding proposed in a bill before Congress. The…

New road signs direct drivers to charging stations

By Alyssa Hui  Photo: IDOT   07/13/21  
If you’re a driver of an electric vehicle, be on the lookout for new signs on the highway where you can refuel. In the last two weeks, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) installed 30…

Electrify America to double EV charging stations by 2025

By Matt Ott Ap  Photo: AP Photo/David Zalubowski   07/13/21  
Electrify America, an electric vehicle charging network funded with money paid by Volkswagen as punishment for its emissions cheating scandal, says it plans to more than double its number of charging stations throughout the United…

New Clarivate Report Identifies Battery Capacity And Charging Technologies As Key To Accelerating Electric Vehicle Adoption

By Clarivate   07/09/21  
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Op-Ed: What it will take to get electric cars into low-income communities?

By Britta Gross  Photo: Frederic J. Brown / AFP/Getty Images   07/08/21  
The California Energy Commission said in June that the state needs about 1.2 million electric vehicle chargers in public and shared private locations, such as office complexes and multi-unit dwellings, to meet its mandated goal…

Electric vehicle chargers will soon go up on street light poles in Kansas City

By YCC Team  Photo: Joy Ellsworth   06/23/21  
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How Skeptics Will Be Persuaded To Drive Electric

By Brayden Gerrard  Photo: Joenomias   06/23/21  
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The fastest way to get more people to buy electric vehicles

By Ella Nilsen  Photo: Caroline Brehman   06/04/21  
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Electric Cars Are Coming. How Long Until They Rule the Road?

By Brad Plumer, Nadja Popovich and Blacki Migliozzi   03/10/21  
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Nissan to Build 500 EV Fast-Charge Stations in U.S. Within 18 Months

By Michael Graham Richard   02/18/21  
When Tesla Motors unveiled its Supercharger network of fast-charge stations for electric cars, I thought it was a great move on many levels: It'll be great for Tesla owners, allowing them to charge quickly and…

Electric Utility Investment in Truck and Bus Charging

03/27/20  
Electric trucks and buses can help tackle climate emissions, reduce diesel pollution, and improve health outcomes in communities burdened by air pollution. However, their widespread deployment requires investing in the infrastructure for charging them.