D.C. and 21 states have more than 20 public chargers per 100,000 people.

D.C. and 21 states have more than 20 public chargers per 100,000 people.

Data courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy, Alternative Fuels Data Center. 

The number of public electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the U.S. continues to grow. According to a report from the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC), as of November 2020, Vermont had the highest number of public chargers per capita with 114 chargers per 100,000 people.

Vermont was followed by the District of Columbia (81) and California (72). Hawaii and Colorado round out the top five. D.C. and 21 states had more than 20 chargers per 100,000 people. Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Louisiana, and Alaska have the lowest number of chargers per capita. 

According to AFDC, there are 28,947 public charging stations in the U.S., with 96,720 charging outlets. This includes Level I, II, and DC Fast Chargers. The AFDC notes that EV chargers refers to the number of plugs available to charge EVs. There may be more than one EV charger at a single charging station.

These figures do not include residential, workplace, or commercial/municipal/fleet chargers.

The AFDC publishes an Alternative Fueling Station Locator that allows users to search for public stations in their area by address. While fleet stations are not yet designated in the station locator, AFDC reports that it has recently added this level of tracking and has begun publishing this data.

A September 2020 report by ResearchandMarkets.com estimates that the total installed base of dedicated charging points — both private and public — in North America was about 700,000 in 2019. This is estimated to reach 2.4 million in 2024 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.7%.

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