Portland, Dallas Have Most Electric Car Charging Stations Per Head

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ECOtality Blink charging station for electric & plug-in cars

ECOtality Blink charging station for electric & plug-in cars

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Ask most Americans to name the cities with the most public charging stations for electric cars per head of population, and they’ll likely mention Los Angeles and perhaps San Francisco.

According to PlugShare (via good.is), however, Portland, Oregon and Dallas, Texas top the list. 

PlugShare, the social network devoted to finding and sharing public charging stations, came to its conclusion after conducting a national census of the number of public charging stations in each major city in the U.S. 

It then calculated the number of publicly accessible charging stations per 100,000 residents. 

With 11 charging stations per 100,000 residents, Portland, Oregon comes first, followed closely by Dallas, Texas, with 10.6 charging stations per 100,000 residents. 

San Francisco Bay occupied fourth place, with 6.6 charging stations per 100,000 residents. 

Houston's Tranquility Park Garage with GRIDbot charging stations

Houston's Tranquility Park Garage with GRIDbot charging stations

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Interestingly, PlugShare attributes Dallas’ high position in the list not to the number of electric car owners in the area, nor to enthusiastic local government. 

Instead, it says, the highest number of charging stations in Dallas are due to eVgo, an electric vehicle charging company based in the city. 

Similarly, Nashville, Tennessee occupies third place with 8.2 charging stations per 100,000 residents because of the nearby Smyrna factory where the 2013 Nissan Leaf will be built. 

Based on own own experiences and anecdotal evidence from electric car owners, large numbers of public charging stations doesn’t necessarily mean people will use them. 

But it does at least mean that if you do run out of charge, you’re never far from a public charging station.


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Comments (7)
  1. That is surprising. But most EV owners are still charging at home.

    SF might be low in "public" charging stations, but I think many of the "private" employers offer free charging at work. If you include those, the SF Bay Area would be very high in EV charging availabilities...

  2. Not surprising really, as sometime ago I had an article here which reported Dallas-Ft. Worth Texas far ahead of ANY California city, along with the Portland area in getting EVSE units installed. Portland prides itself on being green and the second Leaf delivered to a regular driver was in Portland, as I recall.

  3. I am actually surprised that cities such as San Jose, Santa Clara or Palo Alto didn't make the list...

  4. sorry, dont believe this. where does Puget Sound rank? what is the city size limitation used?
    what about the top 10?

  5. This is obviously a rating for Large cities only. I live in Corvallis,Oregon, which is 80 miles South of Portland, and we have roughly 11 public charging sites per 50 thousand (twice that of Portland).

  6. Those numbers seem a bit low. Regardless, 100,000 nationwide are needed...


  7. My work place has a coverage of 150:1

    My household has a coverage of 3:1

    Those two stats are the ones that really matters 80% of the time. :)

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