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US: EV Chargers Will Outnumber Gas Stations Soon

This applies to the number of charging stalls vs individual fuel pumps, and they’re already quite close.

The number of individual pumps, or charging stalls, at charging stations in the United States will soon catch up to and surpass that of typical fuel stations. According to Jerry insurance, there are currently between 110,000 and 150,000 petrol pumps and roughly 110,000 individual chargers.

For the past two decades, the number of gas stations has been declining, while increasing sales of electric vehicles have prompted continual and sometimes rapid construction of charging infrastructure. There are now over 2 million electric vehicles on US highways, up from only 16,000 a decade ago.

The charging infrastructure will face a big problem in keeping up with the fast growing number of electric vehicles in the United States. According to projections, the country will have 30-million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, which would necessitate the construction of 478 charging stalls each day for eight years to meet the demand – the Biden administration is aiming for 500,000 stations by the end of the decade.

The analysis also identifies which states have the best ratio of charging stations to electric vehicles. North Dakota, Wyoming, and West Virginia are the three states with the most empty charging stalls, while New Jersey, Hawaii, and Arizona are the worst. In the last three there is a higher chance that you may find all local public chargers are taken and you may have to wait or find a way to charge the EV at home.

When it comes to average range, EVs are now at a disadvantage compared to ICE vehicles, with 259 miles versus 360 miles. Because charging an EV takes longer than filling up a petrol tank, vehicles will be using more of the available charging slots for longer periods of time.

Check out the first in our new series of presentations on the US charging network, which you can find below.