EV Charging Stations Destroy Hydrogen 9,010 to 56 in the US, How Did Your State Do?

MAY 11 2012 BY JAY COLE 10

Over the past two decades and estimated 15 billion dollars has cumulatively gone into hydrogen research, rollout and infrastructure.  President Bush’s “Freedom Fuel Initiative” alone pumped 1.2 billion dollar into the pipeline to bring 100,000, cost neutral to gas, hydrogen cars onto US roads by 2010.

The most recent tally of alternative fueling stations by the Department of Energy indicate that might have been a bit naive…either that, or there one heck of a long lineup at those 56 hydrogen fueling stations.

Here is the breakdown of adoption of various charging station platforms  in the US:

85% Ethanol-2,498
Compressed Natural Gas-992
Liquefied Natural Gas-47

*Electric charging units are counted once for each outlet available and does not include residential electric charging infrastructure.  Totals by State is the total number of fuel types available at stations. Stations are counted once for each type of fuel available.

While electric charging has just recently taken the lead in the US for alt-energy re-fueling stating, that lead has been geowing at a tremendous rate over the past 18 months.

The rollout of various platforms are no where near geographically even, the following is a list of stations by type and location by state:

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Then add the 15,000 to 20,000 level 2 charging stations that are in private homes and while you’re at it lets count every 120v outlet too. Charging an EV at 120v isn’t the most effective way in most circumstances, but it does get the job done. There are even applications like long term parking at airports where 120v charging is suited perfectly for. We don’t need long banks of 240v EVSE’s at airports, since most parking is for at least 24 hours anyway. A couple would be nice, for people that are picking up/dropping off someone and need a little more juice to get home, but the vast majority of airport parking could be accomplished very easily and inexpensively.

Yes, indeed. The DoE keeps no official record of level 2 charging stations…which is probably because that would be impossible, but adding those in, and maybe every 120 in the nation might make the available EV charging stations take a slightly larger lead, (=

With the new PiP selling up a storm, it really makes the 120v a valid charging location for some EVs. Truth be told, I generally go 120v on my LEAF if I am charging overnight.

Couple reasons. A) no weird timers to mess with everyday based on what time I get home…so easier to take advantage of lower overnight rates…no big deal if I plug it in at peak rates for 2 hours, then it spends the next 14 off peak.

B) No 100% charge, and no sitting at 100% charge for extended periods overnight (which in my neck of the woods is sub freezing 5 months of the year)…which is bad news for longevity of EVs. So if I plug in my 1/4 full LEAF at 6PM, when I leave at 8am the next morning it is just shy of 100%, or has just recently hit it.

Yes, It would be nearly impossible to capture all the private EVSE locations in homes, but the DoE is trying to really get a handle on the public ones. I received a call from a DoE representative last week and was asked if I could help identify the ones that I know and to list my public charger (at my restaurant in Montclair, NJ) on the DoE’s website, so they are trying!

That chart is out of date. We have more EV charging in the metro-Atlanta area than listed for the whole state. Walgreens drug stores are installing level 2 charging at all of their privately owned locations.

Oh BTW, THANK YOU Walgreens!!!!!

That chart is the most recent available (from April). I figure the slower uptick on updates is a function of the staffing of the project and how well respondents get back to them.

It would be more accurate if there was a set registry system (I’m pretty sure the hydrogen count is spot on), but then you would be really getting the government involved, and you’d likely have legislation, fees and whatnot. They seem to be giving it an honest effort though.

Still, it is about as comprehensive a list as you can find, you probably just have to gross up the EV stations by 50% or so. Metro areas probably account for 75% of all the chargers in a state.

Another possible option would be a distributed community-based information sharing system like http://www.gasbuddy.com

The site provides the location and (usually) current gasoline prices at most urban gas stations around the USA, and the data is continually updated. I think a similar site for EV charging stations would be great, and possibly worth a fortune.

Plugshare.com has a better handle on Chargepoint stations than Chargepoint.net does. Chargepoint does not publish all of the stations on their network because some ask to stay off the site, but Plugshare has no affiliation so does not honor that for public stations.

No surprise Kentucky has no EV charging stations and 32 for E85 (Kentucky’s not really even well suited for growing corn except a few spots out West).

They have alot of coal and alot of it low-sulphur so I’m surprised I never hear more about that, although I’m happy that EV seems clearly the choice over E85 and the others.

Jay: Looked for a link to the original DoE source data in this article but couldn’t find one.

For readers who may want the very latest numbers, the DoE’s continually-updated list is here: http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/stations_counts.html