Several US Cities / Suburbs Still Lagging Behind on Charging Station Installs


This is Not a Common Sight in Most US Cities

This is Not a Common Sight in Most US Cities

The author of this post resides in a chargerless suburb (population roughly 60,000) in Southeastern Michigan (some may same I’m a Detroiter, though that’s not quite accurate).  Sure, there are some stations in the area the nearest one being roughly 15 miles away), but for the most part, charging stations are non-existent here.

Give Us More of These

Give Us More of These

This, it seems, is the norm for most US suburbs.  Sure, major cities in the Midwest have a few chargers here and there, but rarely does that infrastructure extend to include the ‘burbs or minor cities.

Case in point: the city of Toledo, Ohio has just 3 public charging stations.

Toledo isn’t even what we’d consider a minor city though, as its population is in the 290,000 range.

Why only 3?  Well, a fourth is coming soon, but some cities are so far off pace it’s a joke.

Other cities in Ohio have more chargers; Columbus has 34, Cleveland 17, Cincinnati has 15 and Dayton has 9.

What’s even worse for Toledo is the location of these three charging stations.  While they might technically be “public,” they’re not located in what we’d consider public places.  The stations are at Lourdes University,  the Yark Nissan dealership and at Re/Max Masters in Perrysburg.

Often we hear of chargers everywhere out in certain areas of California, but the bigger picture sampling of the nation as whole says that chargers are still nowhere to be found.

Certainly, most charging takes place at home, but without the presence of a public charging infrastructure, we feel the message received by the general public is that there’s no support for the plug-in vehicle infrastructure.

Maybe this author is just annoyed by the lack of chargers in his area.  Maybe I’m just ranting.  I’ll stop so that the discussion can begin.

Source: Toledo Blade

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Today, anybody who buys an EV is asking for trouble if their use case regularly depends on public charging. Even people who have workplace charging available may have problems if their car cannot make the round trip from home to the office and back. In the SF Bay Area, the demand for workplace chargers is so high in places that you may not get a charge unless you cooperate closely with your coworkers to coordinate moving your cars. I know of a pair of Google workers who work different hours. The one who comes in early can always get on a charger, so at lunchtime, they go out together to swap parking spaces so the other can charge.

Personally, I’ve only ever used public charging stations to get my new EV home from the dealer. That trip required special planning and I was fortunate that the stations I pre-selected from PlugShare were working and unoccupied.

I know most people that read here regularly already know, but in Houston we have a well planned out network of CHAdeMO DC quick chargers from eVgo. These are the only public chargers I ever use and it is very convenient.

Dallas has a similar setup from eVgo. I really think this is the charging model for cities to use in supporting ~100 mile BEVs. Other may disagree with the business model however.

You’re absolutely correct. I live in New Jersey and I am embarrassed to say there are only 3 in Jersey City, 2 in Paramus and 0 in Cape May County. In fact according to the Alternative Fueling Station Locator on the USDOE website NJ only has 77 non-private charging stations.

I find it hard to understand why New Jersey Malls and Beaches don’t have any charging stations in parking lots.


The issue here isn’t the number of charging stations. Rather, its the number of charging stations where people actually go! My local energy company has EV charging stations in their parking lot. But they don’t offer any public services in these locations, so who is going to go there!!

But then when I look at the number of suburban malls, movie theaters, etc. – places where people will go for 2 hours at a time – the number of charging stations is a big fat zero.

Put charging stations where people actually go.

Most autos are parked 22 hours a day.
IMO, we should focus on those charging hours first.
1) The primary charger for those who have access to their electrical meter is in the home. This going very well.

2) The second focus should be the workplace. It would be much more beneficial in the first phase to spend more effort educating business owners and effectively doubling the range of most EVs. This application is much more disappointing than worrying about how many public chargers are available.

3) The third priority should be on quick chargers along major routes enabling greater range, not adding to urban locations.

We are spending a tremendous effort on a minority of early applications.

All public parking decks should have EV spots.

In the pic above, it almost looks like a handicapped EV spot. How far in the future (if ever) do you think we’ll have so many public chargers, that there will be handicap/EV spots?


I volunteered to be the ‘city captain’ for the Portland, Maine area to organize this year’s National Plug In Day Sept. 29th. I did this in part to bring awareness & charging infrastructure to my state. Tourism is our #1 industry…we should have stations for our visitors and resident owners of EV’s. I got the first LEAF in Maine!