Electronics and Semiconductors

How friendly is your city for EV charging?

24 February 2023
Source: iSeeCars

The market for electric vehicles (EVs) is rising quickly. Because of this, tens of thousands more vehicles are on the road and this number will continue to grow in the coming years.

In fact, the market for new energy vehicles (NEVs) rose by 63.3% in 2022 to reach 10.65 million units with no signs of slowing down.

This also means that the world will need many more EV charging stations than ever before. iSeeCars recently analyzed the U.S. EV charging infrastructure to determine which cities and states offer the best and worst electric vehicle charging support for EV owners looking to plug into public chargers.

Many of the chargers will be in owner’s homes but the rest will be public charging access found at retail establishments, restaurants and other public locations.

The research found that five of the top 10 EV friendly cities are located in California, followed by Denver, Colorado, and Kansas City, Missouri. Boston, Baltimore and Seattle also made the top 10 list.

The least EV friendly cities found in the survey were St. Louis, Missouri, followed by Birmingham, Alabama, and Indianapolis, Indiana. Texas also had three cities in the top 10 least EV friendly cities category.

“Many drivers are on the verge of making their first EV purchase,” said Karl Brauer, executive analyst at iSeeCars. “Consumers looking to switch from gasoline to electric power should consider their local charging equipment options to understand how many potential electric vehicle owners they may be competing with, both today and in the near future.”

The research looked at both Level 2 and Level 3 chargers and evaluated Tesla and non-Tesla networks separately to see where cities and states rank based on how many residents each EV charging station potentially serve.

Vermont most friendly

Despite California having five cities among the top EV friendly category, Vermont is the leading state as it has one charger for every 703 residents, iSeeCars said. California has one charger for every 881 residents. The other most friendly states include Massachusetts, Colorado and Rhode Island.

Among the least friendly EV states, Mississippi was found to be in the top spot with only one charger per 9,275 residents. This is more than 10 times the residents per charger compared to Vermont.

The full research can be found in iSeeCars’ Most and Least EV Friendly Places to Live report.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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