Which States Have the Most EV Charging Stations?

Sales of electric vehicles are revving up. But are there enough public outlets to charge them all?

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There are over 130,000 public charging stations across the country, according to the White House.

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America is going electric. With sales increasing by 65% in 2022, electric vehicles are moving from an outlier in the auto industry to the wave of the future.

For that to happen, though, the country needs a robust network of charging stations across all states. To help, President Joe Biden signed a trillion-dollar infrastructure bill in 2021 that allocates $7.5 billion toward building 500,000 more public EV chargers by 2030.

Tesla, by far the global leader in EVs, has committed to making at least 3,500 of its US Supercharger stations and 4,000 Level 2 charging docks available to all brands of electric vehicles by the end of next year.

But what does the map of US charging stations look like today?

For more on EVs, find out the best electric cars of 2023 and learn how to charge a non-Tesla car at a Supercharger station.

Which state has the most EV charging stations?

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California has more than 14,000 public EV charging stations.

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There are roughly 51,000 public stations across the US, according to the US Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center,.

California  is leading the charge by far: The Golden State has approximately 14,040 public charging stations and some 37,987 ports.

That's more than four times more than New York, the next highest-ranked state.

The California Energy Commission hopes to add even more -- and reach more disadvantaged communities -- with a new $30 million incentive project that would bring additional stations to eastern California, the Central Valley and the Central Coast.

"These funds will help fill the gap in areas where we know charging is needed the most to bring the benefits of clean transportation to all Californians," CEC Commissioner Patty Monahan said in a statement.

Below is the Department of Energy's ranking of public EV stations for all 50 states and the District of Columbia as of March 2023.

EV Charging Station Counts by State

State Number of public charging stations
Alabama 254
Alaska 59
Arizona 951
Arkansas 220
California 14,040
Colorado 1,689
Connecticut 533
Delaware 145
District of Columbia 270
Florida 2,766
Georgia 1,537
Hawaii 358
Idaho 124
Illinois 1,217
Indiana 381
Iowa 298
Kansas 463
Kentucky 235
Louisiana 190
Maine 400
Maryland 1,290
Massachusetts 2,334
Michigan 1,109
Minnesota 551
Mississippi 95
Missouri 1,025
Montana 100
Nebraska 214
Nevada 479
New Hampshire 180
New Jersey 912
New Mexico 238
New York 3,254
North Carolina 1,100
North Dakota 82
Ohio 1,201
Oklahoma 316
Oregon 982
Pennsylvania 1,271
Rhode Island 289
South Carolina 396
South Dakota 73
Tennessee 633
Texas 2,412
Utah 757
Vermont 339
Virginia 1,131
Washington 1,647
West Virginia 117
Wisconsin 456
Wyoming 81

Why the Great Plains is an EV desert 

While Alaska has the fewest EV charging stations -- just 59 -- it's also the least densely populated state in the nation.

In the continental US, the states with the worst coverage are in the upper Midwest -- Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota and Wyoming. (Minnesota would join them but, according to the Pew Trusts, its numbers are skewed by Minneapolis-St. Paul.)

Part of that absence can be chalked up to demographics -- North Dakota, for example, has fewer than 800,000 residents and just 400 registered EVs and 82 charging stations.

But there are other factors at play, too

Geography. Populated areas are just rarer in the Great Plains. The maximum range for the average EV is just 211 miles. That won't even get a Nebraskan from Lincoln to North Platte.

Ethanol. Corn-producing states like Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota are wary of anything that could jeopardize demand for corn ethanol, a highly subsidized biofuel added to more than 98% of gasoline in the US to reduce pollution.

Weather. Cold weather can zap battery life by as much as 40%, according to AAA, making EVs less appealing in a region with some of the lowest average temperatures in the country. 

Politics. The northern Midwest is staunchly red -- most of the region has voted Republican since Richard Nixon. And Republicans have long opposed investing in electric cars. Had it not failed, the GOP-sponsored Eliminate Lavish Incentives to Electric (ELITE) Vehicles Act of 2021 would have killed federal tax credits for EVs.

Which states have banned the sale of gas-powered cars?

In August 2022, the California Air Resources Board approved regulations requiring all new cars, SUVs and pickup trucks sold in the state to have zero emissions by 2035. That essentially spelled the end for combustion-engine new vehicle sales, though residents will still be able to purchase used gas-powered cars or buy new ones out of state.

Seventeen states have traditionally linked their emission standards to California's regulations. But only a handful -- Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington -- have clearly signaled they'll follow suit in this case, the Associated Press reported.