EV Charging Infrastructure Ranked By U.S. Cities24
The nascent EV market is rapidly growing, as the percentage of electric vehicles on the road over the past few years has more than doubled. As such, there’s been an increasing demand placed on charging stations around the U.S. Now, here’s a quick breakdown of the most EV-friendly metropolitan cities across the country.
It comes as hardly any surprise that five of the top 10 most EV-friendly cities are located in California. According to a report by iSeeCars, the top-ranked metro city is San Francisco, where there are a total of 14,083 chargers scattered across the city. This means that there are only 465 residents per charger, which is less than half as compared to the second most EV-friendly city, San Diego. The least EV-friendly metro city is St. Louis, Missouri, where there are only 473 total chargers, meaning a ratio of 5,787 residents per charger.
Interestingly, California is not the most EV-friendly state overall. This honor goes to Vermont, where the Green Mountain State has 920 total chargers and 703 residents per charger. In second place is California, where the Golden State has 44,287 total chargers and 881 residents per charger. Certainly, when it comes to sheer volume in regard EV infrastructure, Cali is king.
It’s worth noting that these figures include all electric vehicles and the Tesla Network.
“Five of the top 10 EV-friendly cities are located in California, which isn’t really surprising, but who knew Denver was the most EV-friendly city outside California?” said iSeeCars Executive Analyst Karl Brauer. “It’s also interesting to see that the 10th ranked most EV-friendly market, Seattle-Tacoma, has nearly 3 times as many residents competing for each EV charger as the top-ranked market, San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose.”
While these numbers can be impressive given the fact that electric vehicles have only been mainstream for a few years, infrastructure is constantly growing. As a result, this bodes well for General Motors, as the Detroit-based automaker has a goal of offering 30 EVs by 2025, and thus benefits from increased EV infrastructure.
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Kind of an interesting article. I know in 2015 when I had my first EV (2015 Spark), I lived in an apartment and really couldn’t charge there and it was a pain looking for someplace to charge even with the app on my phone and in the car. Now I have the 2023 Bolt EV and I live in my own home with a wall mounted 240 level 2 charger. I also have several chargers to use at work. I will say that it’s way easier now to find a public charger than just 8 years ago. But they still have a ways to go in order to make this work for the masses. It’s still common to pull up to a public charger and find up to 50% of them not working. Very frustrating for sure.
If I didn’t have the place at work and especially at home to charge, I’d have kept my Malibu for sure.
Are you kidding? The charging infrastructure here in California is a big joke. Look at apps like PlugShare for example. So many charging stations that are either out of order, not functioning properly, damaged (cables cut) or placed in inconvenient and/or private inaccessible areas. The broken ones take forever to get fixed or never get fixed at all.
This EV fad really needs to stop.
Good for California! Keep that crap out there. They don’t even have enough power to run the regular infrastructure let alone the stupid EV’s! Waiting for those idiots to freeze to death and slip into the Pacific!
The resounding crescendo of laughter are all the people that generated this article. I call Bullsh’t. The only thing in this article that is true is the mobile generator in the picture that you’ll require to go further than your car can take you. And you have to have a truck that takes gas/diesel to tow it. Oh yeah, the generator needs diesel too. Sounds like you need a gas truck in tow as well.
Note: GM EVs cannot charge at Tesla Superchargers. And if you do find a Tesla charger you can use, low power is all you will get if you have the required connector. Plan on a picnic with a movie or just a 5K run to get your car charged up. And off to the next charger.
I’m NOT an EV buyer. This plan was drawn up on a used tissue with a smudge of excrement and a flat crayon was used to lay it all out.
The pebble speaks. Squeek Squeek.
This is hilarious, here in my large Midwest city, the only place I have seen public chargers is at Walmart and I have seen them in use as I drive by. I do not personally know anyone who has one or wants one. Not for me!
I meant to say that I have never seen the Walmart chargers in use.
Carl: That could be because most EV owners prefer to charge at home while they sleep. Or, they can charge while at work. Soon this will become another “benefit” for workers as a form of compensation.
C, You really are an attitude. When will you be civilized.
I like the photo in this article that shows a mobile electric generator charging an EV. So what energy source is the generator using to convert to electricity?
EVs are not reliable in northern-tier states that have minus temperatures in the winter. Anyone that lives in the north knows that batteries do not operate well in below freezing environments. And even if so, wearing a parka while driving is not practical.
EVs only operate under ideal warm city environment conditions; that’s the reality!
How long will society finally realize this failed “pipe dream”?
That’s a GM Hydrotec Fuel Cell, so it runs on hydrogen. https://www.gmhydrotec.com/product/public/us/en/hydrotec/Home.html
Wearing a parka is not practical? That’s a good one. Its cold here in Quebec. Not a problem wearing a parka. No problem driving in freezing temperatures with an EV.
FYI: The photo of the 2023 Cadillac Lyriq connected to a generator is hydrogen powered, no diesel or gas required. It’s a Hydrotec generator by GM: https://www.sae.org/news/2022/01/gm-launches-hydrotec-generators
Sounds like the generators would need to be refueled every few days though.
GM pushing the EV’s and neglecting their base Cadillac buyers is going to bring GM to its knees.
EV infrastructure shouldn’t be that hard. Potential charging sites are already there, hiding in plain site. If the big plan is to transition off of fossil fuels (good luck with that for decades to come) in favor of electric, then how about the government mandating (and subsidizing, of course) that EV charging stations be added to existing gas stations. I mean, ICE vehicles find these in mostly convenient and plentiful locations. Gas stations as we know it will be obsolete in years to come if the big “transition” off fossil comes to pass. Let’s say that gas stations are required to add one EV charging station, with installation costs by Uncle Joe, I mean, Uncle Sam. As demand for electric increase, more charging stations are added and of course as less gas is purchased by the consumer, gas pumps are removed. In theory, the gas pumps would eventually be supplanted by electric charging stations. Wallah!! Problem solved…when EVs are able to full recharge at the same speed as ICE vehicles filling up with petrol.
Never going to happen ,it will take a lot more years for a decent EV fast charge equal to the time to gas up.
That would be great, but they couldn’t fit all of that info on that used tiissue I mentioned. Sounds good.
Can’t wait till Opec and Russia can no longer manipulate global economies and politics! The world will be a better place! Russia won’t be able to wage wars without it’s revenues from oil.
Here in Quebec we have 7000 charging stations available. In my neighborhood there are 16 chargers. Renewable electricity.
Give me my carbon fuel.
I live in Minnesota and have a 2020 Chevy Bolt. Yes driving in below zero temperatures reduces range by 40% but cabin temperature can be maintained at 65 degrees. My driving is limited to 100 miles a week and I charge at my home. For longer distances, we have another vehicle that we drive about 3000 miles annually. Technology is improving. My Tesla owning friends drive to the west coast in three days recharging during lunch and overnight
Vermont may have the ratio but not many chargers. I road trip there all the time and it’s a hassle. Tesla has the game down. Every other charger is not easy to find, often broken and not near anything.
3 years from now it’ll be different but right now with a non Tesla everywhere is a hassle for a road trip.
Has GM ever made an attempt to create a charging network such as Tesla or are they depending on the American taxpayers again
GM should just stick to ice cars and leave the e v segment to Tesla. They can make decent money for the next few years and then just go out of business. You did it Mary.