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The Number of EV Charging Stations Could Soon be Greater than the Number of Fuel Pumps in the US

The United States will soon have more EV chargers than fuel pumps, but this will not be enough to keep up with the demand in the current decade

  • There are about 110,000 charging stations and 110,000 to 150,000 fuel pumps in the US currently

  • The ideal number of chargers is said to be 40 level 2 and 3.4 DC fast chargers per 1,000 EVs

  • The current proportion is at 41 level 2 and 5.7 DC charger per 1,000 EVs for the whole country

There will soon be more electric vehicle charging stations in the United States than fuel pumps, but many more of them will be needed to keep up with the increasing number of EVs on the road.

The number of fuel stations and fuel pumps has been decreasing over the last twenty years while many charging stations are added each year, so it was inevitable that this situation would occur.

Estimates place the current number of fuel pumps (not stations) between 110,000 to 150,000 spread across the US, while the number of EV charging stations is reaching 110,000.

The charging stations, however, tend to be more closely packed in places where electric vehicles are more present and less frequent in communities where EVs are less prevalent.

Despite this, it is currently easier to find an available charging station in North Dakota and Wyoming where EV adoption is low than it is in New Jersey or Hawaii, where the proportion of EVs is simply larger.

On the whole, the country is equipped with enough charging stations, but this will not be the case in the next few years. Indeed, a study determined that the ideal number of charging stations is 40 level 2 units and 3.4 DC fast chargers for every 1,000 EVs. The current number of stations works out at 41 level 2 units and 5.7 DC fast chargers.

The problem is that if the current demand for EVs is sustained for the rest of the decade, there will be around 30 million electric vehicles in America in 2030. In order to maintain the ideal ration of charger per 1,000 vehicles, 478 stations would have to be added every single day for the next 8 years, which works out at about 1,395,760 additional stations. The government’s plans only call for 500,000 stations to be built in that time, so longer wait times to find an available station are to be expected.

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