State-By-State Breakdown Of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Boom


The good news is that even though California has more EVs than any other state, some other markets are now growing even faster than the Golden State. A recently released ChargePoint map provides a nice breakdown by growth, with not only the top states, but the major cities ranked within each category. It is a great way to see it all in perspective.

ChargePoint Power Express Plus debuted this week in Las Vegas at CES

ChargePoint Power Express Plus – capable of dispensing 400 kW boosts, debuted earlier this month in Las Vegas at CES

Likely due in part to sharing a border with California, the location of the Tesla Gigafactory, and some other newsworthy startups, Nevada and Arizona are among the top ten list of growing states.

Colorado, Utah, and Nevada have partnered up on charging infrastructure, and all three states offer EV incentives in addition to the federal rebate.

The green growth areas on the East coast are expected as well, due to the ZEV states in that area. Michigan and Illinois are on the list for total EVs in operation, which again is to be expected due to Chicago and Detroit. Otherwise, the midwest is pretty bleak.

One would think, or at least hope, that with many of the major automakers getting serious with plug-in offerings (and with a more national focus), that the numbers will soon improve.. The Chevrolet Bolt EV, coming out of Detroit, with all of its accolades and a nationwide roll-out planned, is sure to help.

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How are they measuring this?

The general assumption is PEVs using the ChargePoint Network. In places like Minneapolis, MN that has a strong growing PEV population, but no ChargePoint presence, nothing appears in this summary.

However, examining Plugshare, tells a different story … a fairly mature PEV infrastructure for the region.

I’d suggest ChargePoint be included in the article title to help communicate the narrower focus of the report. Nothing wrong with the report as long as readers understand the context.

Funny thing is – the file name includes “ChargePoint Presents…” But – then it is not in the Posts title!

So then, the infographic/map should be labeled “Where ChargePoint’s Business Is Growing”, rather than “Where Are EVs Taking Off?”

Not much “Information you can use” there.

Interesting to see that most of the growth is outside CARB states.

I hate to say that some states will probably remain almost off limits to BEVs. I was looking for charging location in Wyoming and outside of a couple of super charger sites, it is bleak. I don’t think you could drive across the state in anything but a Tesla.

That is how it all started!! Work/volunteer/organize! Look into the Adopt-A-Charger organization in California. Good luck!!

What’s up with FL? Why is it so confused?

Yeah, that’s Florida all right . . . confused.

Due to our mixed political structure this issue is controlled by county, by city, by township unless promoted and supported by the statehouse “resident” officials.

Florida is in BOTH the 10 Ten Total EVs in Operation and EV Growth.

Very nice graphic Steven!

The Zero motorcycle dealer in Raleigh, NC sells more electric motorcycles than any other dealer outside the state of California. Not that this graph is factoring in 2 wheeled EV sales but it is an indicator of interest in EVs.

Florida, with its warm weather and flat landscape is an excellent area for EV or PEV.
Generally, you can achieve 125% of EPA range here if you drive reasonably.

where is Arkansas?!?!


I would like to see % plug-in per state too. these seem to show the most populated states at the top. not sure if it would change many, but it might bring up some like Oregon to the top of the list. might even see some surprises in there

Steven, I am interested in the data for all of the states. where would I find that? can you include a link, please?

where is Arkansas?!?!

My vote would be on another planet.

It is one of the 3 states left with no Superchargers. (Others being Alaska and North Dakota.) :-/

I’m surprised Michigan made the top 10. Our state has no EV incentives and now charges an extra $130 registration fee for them.

Also, it’s cold here in the winter. 😀

I suspect a lot of PHEV sales. Volts.

Like the article.

As I have said before, California is not monolithic either. Southern California is a fraction of North California, even though they have an impressive number of chargers. Silicon Valley and San Fransisco is littered with EVs. Throw a stick here and you will hit six of them.[1]

[1] I stole that comment from the story of the making of “butch cassidy and the sundance kid”, interesting reading.

There are 5 plug-in vehicles just on my side of the street on my block.

Totally off topic:

Re your “making of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid'” quote, or rather the original quote you paraphrased, I found it here:

Dan Dan the driving man

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Would love to see the breakdown per capita. Most of these states also have the largest population.

Colorado and Kansas are both shown as EV growth states. This is ironic because it’s 600+ miles between CCS stations if you try to drive your EV from one state to another. If you drive a Bolt you will have at least two very long charging stops.

This map is deceptive because you can go pretty much anywhere in a Bolt going east from Kansas City charging at CCS stations all the way but there are a lot of large CCS gaps going west. All that green on the map going west from Kansas City would indicate that you can travel from Kansas City to the Pacific Ocean by EV but unless you are driving a Tesla that trip is going to take you a very long time. Well maybe this map will make some people think, Hey, I’m in an EV growth state” and get them to start supporting EV infrastructure development.

GA – with their regressive policies, is SINKING FAST

You mean “regressive” policies like increasing the gas tax 2 years ago and building automatic increases into the gas tax every year from now on? GA is one of only a handful of states that includes the automatic gas tax increase (it’s based on a combo of PPI and CAFE), not even California does that. GA also offers very generous free rides in the toll lanes to EVs which save some people hundreds of dollars per month. And GA has a very robust charging infrastructure (well North GA anyway) and GA Power is rapidly expanding their charging program statewide. Oh and that reminds me, I got a $250 rebate from GA Power last year for installing my home L2 charger.

I know you were referring to the elimination of the EV rebate and annual EV registration fee, but when you look at the entire picture as stated above there are still plenty of incentives to drive electric in the Peach State.

I agree – However the $200 tax is a huge mistake and has slowed the adoption of EVs in GA. All they had to do is raise the low $20 registration fee a few dollars for everyone and that would have more than made up for the EV tax. Once the full shift away from ICEs take firm hold in 5-7 years — then let’s do a fee for road use…..not right now!

I’m confident that with the Bolt and Tesla Model 3 not to mention a few others that growth will happen in every state. I would like to see the number of EVs in EVery state since even 11th or 12th place could be close to 10th.

Surprised to see no Massachusetts? With so many Teslas and Leaf’s around, not sure why New Hampshire is there but not MA? Does not sound that your research is complete. Even Tesla has now 3 showrooms here.

West coast is best coast.

If you can afford to live there….

Indiana – No EV’s Here, Please! “Briggs: Indiana bill that doesn’t mention Tesla is all about Tesla” – “You won’t find the word “Tesla” in House Bill 1592. But the Palo Alto, Calif.-based car maker sees itself in the bill and is once again preparing to make its name known throughout the Indiana Statehouse.” “The bill applies to manufacturers that have sold cars in Indiana since July 2015 and have never used a franchised dealership. Such a company would have to stop selling cars directly to consumers either after its sales surpass 1,000 cars per year, or six years after its dealer’s license is granted. Hey, what do you know, there’s exactly one company that will soon be out of compliance with this bill. Tesla, which received its dealer license in December 2013, would have to shut down its Indiana sales in 2019. It’s no secret that automakers, dealers and some legislators want to stop Tesla from doing business in Indiana and other states. That’s because Tesla is the only company that sells straight to consumers.” “Tesla’s not the enemy,” Dellen said. “I’m afraid of so many ways that (Tesla’s business model) could go awry. I’m concerned that another company… Read more »

Wow, what a crock of you-know-what. I hope you and everyone you know in Indiana are busy writing your state representatives and the governor’s office letting them know (respectfully, but forcefully) exactly how you feel about this bill. That is how our Representative Republic works, and believe me it does work. If they hear from enough people they will scuttle the bill. With Indiana being a rather red state, I would encourage you to emphasize the energy independence and national security benefits of driving electric in your communication. Gotta know your audience!

Too bad about the bill. There was a very nice Tesla shop in the Keystone Mall north of Indianapolis. Nice people and very nice display, They got a lot of foot traffic.

Installing chargers does not mean that anyone uses them to charge EVs. I bet most of the EV charging spaces remain vacant on any given day.

“Growth” in Pennsylvania must mean we went from a couple dozen cars to a couple hundred.

I have yet to see a Kia, Nissan, or Ford dealer who acknowledged any BEV’s in their lineups in the Philadelphia area.

I get it, it’s rule #1 of dealerships, SWAT, Sell What’s Available Today. They don’t order more than they have to, and if they aren’t on the lot right now, they must not exist.

Dan Dan the driving man

Dan Dan the driving man here in Saint Louis, notice on the map, Missouri is one of the biggest Gaps in getting across the country! I hope to be able to help fill in the blanks

I work in Kent, OH and drive a 2014 Chevy Volt. I have a 22 mile drive to work, so I make it all the way in and half way back in pure EV before the engine kicks in. There are 3 charge points in Kent and they are located in the parking deck, which costs $5 to park in. I tried it once and they charged me $5.40 I have not used it since because the rate is way too high to justify. I wonder how many other charge points go unused because of this?

We have a company which will revolutionize the electric car industry. Prototype will be finished in 4 months