EV Charging Infrastructure Continues to Grow

According to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colo., the first three months of 2020 saw public electric vehicle (EV) supply equipment grow 7.6%.

The report, “Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Trends from the Alternative Fueling Station Locator: First Quarter 2020,” provided a snapshot of the state of EV charging infrastructure, such as EV charging stations, in the United States, finding that DC fast chargers made up the largest piece of the pie, expanding by 10.6%.

DC fast chargers are 49.6% of the way toward meeting the projected 2030 charging demand for 15 million EVs, and level 2 EV supply equipment is 12% of the way there.

Private EV supply equipment, such as charging for transit fleets and employees, only grew 3.2% in the first quarter, bringing the total private EV supply equipment to almost 14,000.

The report added that, while all regions of the country saw substantial growth during the first quarter, a few stood out. For example:

  • The Northeast (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut) saw an increase of 10% overall, which is the fastest growth in the nation.
  • California’s charging infrastructure grew 9%. However, California continues to lead the country in terms of the total available public EV supply equipment.

The states with the highest rate of charging stations per 100,000 people were Vermont (105.3), California (64.0), Washington, D.C. (63.3), Hawaii (47.7) and Colorado (40.9).

The report noted that, “With such rapid growth and change in EV charging infrastructure, the information presented in this paper aims to help readers understand how and where the infrastructure is developing, where there may be areas of opportunity, and whether development is keeping pace with the projections for demand for charging as the number of EVs on the road continues to grow.”

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