U.S. Now Has More Than 16,000 Public Charging Stations – Charts

4 months ago by Mark Kane 24

16,000 charging stations in the U.S. – June 2017 (source: Alternative Fuels Data Center)

The Counter at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center shows that 16,038 public electric stations are in operation in the US entering June, with a total of 43,103 charging outlets.

16,000 Charging Stations in the U.S. (source: Alternative Fuels Data Center)

As one can note on the chart (above), the accelerated growth of US public charging stations began with introduction of first series produced plug-in models – the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt in 2011.

Most of the spots today are AC Level 2, but ~13% of the total are DC fast chargers, with power output levels ranging from 20 to 120 kW.

With some 650,000 plug-in cars in the U.S., there is around 1 station location for every 40 plug-ins, or 1 available plug outlet available for every 15 electric vehicles.

Compared to more than 110,000 gasoline stations, public charging infrastructure is still is in its infancy, and the current installation of CHAdeMO/CCS combo station along highways will still need a power boost up to at least 150 kW for the next-generation long-range EVs.

But progress is rapidly being made for plug-in electric vehicles.  Now if your cup of tea is fuel cell vehicles, the hydrogen “network” is just slightly behind the EV curve.

35 hydrogen stations in the U.S. – June 2017 (source: Alternative Fuels Data Center)

source: Alternative Fuels Data Center and US Department of Energy, University of Michigan (5/22/17) via qz.com

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24 responses to "U.S. Now Has More Than 16,000 Public Charging Stations – Charts"

  1. Kdawg says:

    Would be interesting to see the breakdown of chargers per state, the number of cars in that state, and the number of plug-ins in that state.

    1. Also the break out by plug type … not all Eavs can use all plugs and power level.

      e.g.: Tesla Destination chargers are a variation of Level2 charging, but only a subset of EVs are able to plug in. On a significant number of Level2 locations, a Tesla (Roadster, Model S / X) can charge at 240V at 50 Amps, and 70-80 Amps vs. 20-30 Amps. (using CliperCreak high amperage chargers)

      So while a larger number of plugs are being counted as “alternative fueling station” … your Milage gained per hour may vary!

      1. EVs = evas (according to autocorrect)

  2. jim stack says:

    With all of the public charge sites Tesla is still the only automaker that covers highways coast to coast. The others are leaving it all to the many different networks that don’t cover between cities like Tesla does.
    Many also charge high fee’s to charge and many don’t work reliably. It’s going to be a while before other cars can travel coast to coast.

    1. Kdawg says:

      Have to keep our eyes on the VW charger rollout…

      1. vdiv says:

        As dyslexic as I am I read your comment as:

        “Have to keep our eyes rolling on the VW charger…”

        started nodding… 🙂

    2. Tyler Hilliard says:

      Agreed. It’s pathetic. Can’t even rely on dealerships to have multiple, reliable, fast chargers.

      1. JayTee says:

        I don’t understand why we want chargers at dealerships​.

        1. vdiv says:

          Dealers want charging stations, if they want to sell and service plugins that is…

        2. Nick says:

          +1

          Who wants to hang out at a dealership?

    3. Texas FFE says:

      Tesla Supercharger stations cannot be considered “public” by any stretch of the imagination.

      1. paul smith says:

        Tesla owners are members of the public.

  3. hpver says:

    Unfortunately, the numbers alone don’t tell the whole story. It’s about where they are placed, and on that score most public stations are pretty dismal. They’re mostly in large metro areas, with few options for highway travel of any distance. There’s little overall planning. It’s a hodgepodge of independent operators. And when the government does oversee and try to plan strategically, it takes forever and gets watered down by companies fighting for contracts.

    I can see why Tesla did what they did. It was a great strategy. Contrast that to the public stuff and there’s no comparison.

  4. Al S says:

    Having been a McDonald’s franchisee, it is just a matter of time till McDonald’s tells all of it’s franchisee’s to install charging stations. The other fast food companies will follow. This alone will double the current number of charging stations. I am surprised they have not jumped on this already; the payback on the installation of the charging system would be quick.

    1. Kdawg says:

      I’ve charged at a McDonald’s. I think there are quite a few out there.

    2. JayTee says:

      I’m skeptical McDonald’s will do this.

      1. menorman says:

        Then they’ll lose market share.

  5. zzzzzzzzzz says:

    How many of these charger stations are 2000+ kW to match refueling if we start to comparing them? Exactly zero and will stay zero for foreseeable future. You may get even greater numbers if you click “All” for “Charger types” in Alt Fuel Data Center map, if it is not done already for his map. That includes Level 1 outlets, very “useful” for road trips 😉

  6. Get Real says:

    What a anti-EV/sustainable future troll you are zzzzzz.

    EVs already can work great for the majority of the US population and by the time Tesla is finished with their “Secret Plans”, EVs powered by RE will work well for virtually everyone,m even trolls like you!

    Go suck on your “Clean Diesel” while you report back to the Koch-Heads on your serial anti-EV trolling.

  7. Bret says:

    The problem with the charging infrastructure is the exclusivity of the networks.

    It doesn’t matter how many thousands of charging stations there are, if you can’t use them. I belong to three popular networks (Charge Point, Blink and EV-Go), but I was unable to use the charger at a hotel. I had never heard of their charging network and it rejected my card.

    This is idiotic. Can you imagine if you had to belong to the Arco or Mobile network, just to fill up your car? You would probably run out of gas.

    Every charging station should accept every network’s card or they should be required to accept credit or debit. This is a huge hole in the EV infrastructure and it needs to be fixed ASAP.

    1. menorman says:

      I completely agree. It’s asinine that it’s so complicated to access different chargers on different networks, to say nothing of those that aren’t on any official network but use something like MobileNOW to grant access.

      1. FISHEV says:

        Not really people tend to travel the same routes so they’ll use what is available and join whatever system works for them.

        Easy enough to plan as you can see by going to Chargepoint’s web site.

  8. FISHEV says:

    “Compared to more than 110,000 gasoline stations…”

    But EV’s are going to be charged mostly at home so the number and density of gasoline stations is not a good comparison to public EV chargers.

    Most EV charge stations are going to be and should be destination chargers. The WalMart and the supermarkets have them to draw in customers which is the case today.

    So for the 10% of the time people might be driving beyond the 100 mile round trip radius of their home charger it requires far fewer public chargers.

    Can always rent a car for a big family trip to the outback.

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