US EV charging network grows from 5,070 to 50,990 charging sites in 6 years

by James Ayre , Clean Technica

There are now more than 50,990 public and private plug-in electric vehicle charging sites located throughoutthe US — up from 34,151 in 2015 — according to the newly released Electric Vehicle Charging Association’s2017 State of the Charge report.

The new report re-evaluates the state of the plug-in electric vehicle charging network in the US, two years after the previous State of the Charge report from the Electric Vehicle Charging Association (EVCA) was released. While the focus of the report and analysis is on California (as the acronym implies), data relating to the broader market is included as well.

“The EV and EV charging industries have made impressive advancements in just two years since we first published the ‘State of the Charge,’” stated EVCA President Terry O’Day. “Unsurprisingly, California remains the national leader in facilitating the transition to a clean transportation system, and we look forward to seeing how it and the rest of the country continue to progress in the years to come.”

Here’s an overview of the report, as provided in an email sent to CleanTechnica:

* Volkswagen’s $800 million investment in EV charging infrastructure in Californian as part of its largeremissions-cheating settlement.

* ChargePoint’s acquisition of GE’s EV charging network.

* The development of the West Coast Electric Highway connecting Washington, Oregon, and California with DC fast charging stations along Interstate 5 and other major roadways.

* Total EV sales in the US have reached almost 700,000 and could soar to a fleet of up to 7 million by 2025.

* The US has a network of more than 50,990 public and private charging outlets, up from 34,151 in 2015.

* California is overrepresented in the national EV market with more than 295,500 EVs on the road, a 42% share of national sales.

* Public and private charging outlets in California total 15,930, with eight of the top 10 US cities for DC fast charging networks being in the state.

* EVCA members ChargePoint, EV Connect, EVgo, and SemaConnect collectively operate 40% of all public and private charging outlets in the US and 57% in California.


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