Number of Charging Stations In U.S. Increased To 48,000 (15,000 in California)

JAN 8 2018 BY MARK KANE 48

There are some 48,000 charging stations in the U.S. (AC Level II and DC fast chargers), out of which almost one third are located in California – more than 15,000.

Hyundai IONIQ charging

According to the US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy report, one third of states have more than 1,000 charging stations (with average of 11% for DC). Seven states are below 100 charging stations.

November 14, 2017: U.S. – 47,886 charging stations

TOP 3: California – 15,193, Texas – 2,544, Florida – 2,041

California leads the country with around 1,500 DC fast chargers (10% of total). There are also two states where DC chargers are at ≈0%.

“Note: Data are as of November 14, 2017. Includes public and private chargers, and the Tesla network. Does not include level I chargers or planned chargers.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Alternative Fuels Data Center, Alternative Fuel Station Locator, November 14, 2017.”


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Hmm. What’s up with Missouri. More than I expected.


Show me! 😉


All the chargers are located in Kansas City and St Louis with no chargers connecting those two cities.


That’s not entirely true. Columbia has a couple of L2s 🙂

William L.

There are many part of states like 3rd world country.


What about a report on other countries outside the USA, I would say that a lot of these would beat the USA on a charger per thousand of population or number of EV’s


They should have color coded the map based on chargers per person. As it is it shows more of what the population of each state is.


Chargers per person doesn’t tell you much. More relevant would be chargers per 1000 registered EVs (maybe also chargers per 1000 cars), as well as chargers per 1000 miles of roads and fast chargers per 1000 miles of highway.

James P Heartney

State level numbers don’t really tell you much, as locations of fast chargers are the key to whether you have a usable network. If you have fast chargers clustered around major metropolitan areas, but vast deserts in between, then you don’t have much. Example: it’s still not possible to drive a Bolt from St. Louis to Chicago without having to wait at a Level 2 charger in the middle.

(Teslas, of course, are a different story.)


Yes, for instance Texas is number 2… and 90% of those are in DFW, Houston, Austin, Corpus Christi and San Antonio. That makes sense since these are the largest cities and are all within driving range of one another. I’ve had no issue traveling these cities in my Bolt.

But central Texas has basically no infrastructure at all. There is no good way to get from the Eastern half of Texas to the western and pan handle cities like Amarillo, Midland, Odessa, ElPaso etc. Of course, those distances are so far that I’d rather fly anyways.

Texas FFE

Wade, you know that’s not true. There is no place in Texas that you can’t reach in an electric vehicle, which I proved with my trips between Colorado and Texas. It’s just that the lack of DCFC chargers outside of cities time makes those trips consuming and impractical.


“It’s just that the lack of DCFC chargers outside of cities time makes those trips consuming and impractical.”

Well yeah, that was my point. 😛 I didn’t say it’s impossible to do.

“*basically* no infrastructure at all.”

“There is no *good* way”

Obviously anywhere you go, you can charge at a 110v outlet. Or bring a Nema 14-50 EVSE with you and charge at a campground. But actual charging infrastructure (especially on I-10) is incredibly sparse.

Compare that to the recent trip I took to Austin then San Antonio. I used DCFC on the highways and L2 at my hotel. Smooth, relaxing and trouble free with range to spare. And I’ll be taking a similar trip up to Oklahoma this year.

But I wouldn’t even consider taking my Bolt on a trip to El Paso where my wife’s family lives. That would be nerve wracking! 😛 Until DCFC and redundant L2 charging fills in, our Volt or a plane would serve us better when crossing Texas.


Or central Virginia to anywhere.

Andrew S

I’ve been largely disappointed in the charging infrastructure here in Washington, DC. The vast majority are inside of absurdly expensive parking garages (like $12 – 15/ hr). The stations that are not located in garages have not been well maintained, remaining inoperable for months at a time. Some EVGo Stations have even been removed altogether without explanation or warning. It’s gotten to the point where I’m thinking of selling my Volt because I can only operate at about 30% electric. My office also refuses to install charging stations. I’m beyond frustrated.


DC is terrible for driving and parking any car, not just electric.
Move to Maryland, and use the Metro to get to DC, that’s electric too 🙂


Wow sorry to hear that. It’s better in the burbs.


This patchy infrastructure is why car manufacturers need to get directly involved.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

GM, Ford etc don’t give a sh1t.


GM has stated in a pitch to investors plan to provide and support EV charging infrastructure.


Everyone’s waiting on VW/EA.


It’s a lawsuit for a patent infringement … what does that have to do with OEM’s generally not want any part of charging infrastructure involvement other than their HQ locations or dealer network perhaps?


It is a little more than that, perhaps it is about the settlement benjamins that “everyone” is waiting for VW/EA to rain upon.


Forget patent infringement.
ChargePoint should sue SEMA Connect for giving charging companies a bad name.

Tried to use one of theirs at a hotel. Terrible charger design made it such a pain to pay by credit card out of hours that I gave up when the message said I’d be paying a convenience fee. (And their app has terrible reviews as well.)


On Tesla’s supercharger map, they should just put over ND ‘here be dragons’.


To be fair, Tesla does say North Dakota is scheduled for 2018. Arkansas had some installed last year.

What I find surprising is that you don’t hear anything about VW’s charging buildout. I thought their settlement require a pretty decent investment in infrastructure. Maybe they just are investing everywhere Tesla is building.


Arkansas finally had _1_ installed last year. Texarkana’s is in Texas.


Let’s face it, the non-Tesla charging infrastructure is horrible in the US. Level 3 chargers are rare outside California, and poorly distributed where they do exist. Level 2 chargers should be free and located at every major shopping area, but they’re rare, and more often than not are not free. Paying $5 for $0.10 worth of electricity is absurd.

David Murray

I don’t think L2 needs to be free. That is hardly a way to incentivize companies to install them. But you are right that the rates should be reasonable.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

In CA, I’m pretty sure there are quite a bit of nonfunctional L2 stations.
I know of 8 in the general area of downtown Sac.

Those number of chargers are impressive but someone needs to fix the broken ones. We know the auto manufacturers don’t give a sh1t.

L2 EVSE’s need to be upgraded to at least 10kw rates.


That’s true… probably half of the stations in Dallas are Blink stations.

And at least half of those Blink stations do not work at all. 😛


That’s really too bad, but I would want to see some hard data on that. Chargers here (a large city in the Pacific NW) seem to be pretty plentiful and in good working order.


What about charging station per EV in the state?

Will CA still lead? (My guess would be no).


They likely would not lead, but it’s that metric worth anything?




It’s only “worth” something when it doesn’t track. If some area is greatly above or below the correlation you would expect, then there might be something worth investigating there.


It is worthy of something if the stations are great but the EV numbers are even bigger which means that they are lacking in coverage.

California has ~50% of the EV sales but only about 20-30% of the total EV chargers…


hahaha! I live in Arkansas, and there feels like no chargers anywhere. 5 states have fewer than arkansas and 4 are geographically bigger.

Ron M

Arkansas doesn’t have many chargers or renewable energy because of the GOP congress also some states like Florida have about 2,000 chargers but GOP and Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy and GOP do not want renewable energy replacing coal with natural gas Need to replace congressman with those not taking money from fossil fuel supporter’s.


You mean like the GOP who control Texas who has more wind power than all the other states combined or the second largest amount of chargers in the country?


I’m sensing you may not like the GOP.


I drive a Leaf and live in the Little Rock area. I get around just fine because I don’t road trip with it, and the AC Level 2 charging around here is decent. However, the only fast charging option is the Tesla Supercharger. Consequently, the only car that can make it across the state in a reasonable amount of time is Tesla. Not even a SAE CCS for Bolts anywhere in the Little Rock area! I really considered a Bolt, but given the charging infrastructure around here, I opted to wait for the Model 3.

Don Zenga

It’s nice to see Texas being #2. Being a big wind state, it makes sense to have more electric vehicles which can be charged during night. Wind turbines blow harder during night.

Surprised to see New York in #4 even though its more green.

David Murray

I live in Texas and was surprised to see how we rank compared to other states. And the sad part is, our EV infrastructure is what I would call just a skeleton of an infrastructure. It’s just barely adequate in the larger cities and non-existant outside of the cities. And while 2,544 charging points may sound like a lot, when you look at the size of our state, that is nothing. To bring in an EV revolution we really need 10x the number of charging points.


Same here in Georgia David. 1700 Chargers sounds like a lot, but most of them are clustered around Metro Atlanta. Even most of the DC quick chargers are around Atlanta. Makes getting around town in our Leaf easy, but road tripping to other parts of the state not so much. At least Ga Power has gotten in the game now and has covered I-20 and I-16 with well spaced Chargers for road trips. But forget about I-75 south of Macon or I-85 north of Braselton. Even where they exist there is only one station per location, so no redundancy in case of equipment issues.

Bottom line, we are much better off than we were a few years ago but still have a long way to go.


Unfair statistics on Fast Chargers on this map – Colorado for instance says 1,200 some chargers with 11% being Fast Chargers. The only way to get to 11% (or some 140 or so Fast Chargers) is to include the Tesla SuperChargers – which by far are the bulk of the Fast Chargers in the stare, as well as the majority of the Fast Chargers across the entire nation.

If you exclude Tesla SuperChargers and just go with the “everyone else” Fast Chargers, it would only be maybe 25 Fast Chargers, or about 2% of the total number of chargers in Colorado.

Clearly, you buy a Tesla if you want to do EV roadtrips, otherwise forget about it unless you are in California and only do road trips up/down the west coast.


Okay, really, “includes public and private Chargers, includes the Tesla network. Does not include Level 1 chargers or planned Chargers”…

Okay, we need a complete redo of this BS, not fair including private Chargers. Who is really going to call someone up and ask to use their home charger unless it’s an absolute emergency? I’ve had mine listed since 2013, and had one person ask to use it in 4.5 years, and it was someone with a Volt who had manually converted it to accept 240 Volt NEMA 14-50 and wanted a place to test it. This also means a lot of campgrounds are likely included in these numbers.

Redo! Take out private, take out the Tesla network, and show us actual public L2 along with DCFC for everyone non-Tesla. The true numbers are pathetic and dismal, especially given that it is 2018.

I can only hope that VW $$$ gets pumped in rapidly, and used efficiently to implement lots of DCFC nationwide, and on main travel corridors.

Otherwise, we may as well write off anything non-Tesla as being a city car / commuter car forever.


A large number of the fast chargers are Tesla for sure.

By private I assume they mean situations such as workplace charging, campus charging or other EVSEs with restricted access.

Home chargers are usually referred to as ‘residential’ and there are *way* more residential chargers than these numbers would indicate. Although it is possible it includes residential chargers that owners list as publicly available on plug share.