10 top cities for public electric vehicle charging stations

10 top cities for public electric vehicle charging stations

Summary: New data collected by PlugShare finds electric vehicle drivers save an average of $75 in fuel costs per month.

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I'll bet you think that California has the most electric vehicle charging stations publicly on a per capita, but you would be betting wrong.

That honor actually goes to Portland, Oregon, which has 11.1 public charging locations per 100,000 residents, according to data gathered by electric vehicle charging information service PlugShare (developed by Xatori).

Actually San Francisco doesn't even show up until No. 4 on the list, with 6.6 electric vehicle charging stations per 100,000 residents. Dallas (10.6) and Nashville (8.2) both beat it out.

Some perspective, this data really pertains only to the stations that are tracked by PlugShare and sister service GreeCharge; it represents 100,000 users and 11,000 stations in North America.

Here's the Top 10:

1. Portland 11.1
2. Dallas 10.6
3. Nashville 8.2
4. SF Bay Area 6.6
5. Seattle 6.5
6. Orlando 6.3
7. Austin 5.3
8. Tucson 5.3
9. Honolulu 5.1
10. Washington D.C. Area 4.7

Two other statistics that should interest actual and would-be electric vehicle drivers: On average, electric vehicle drivers travel 1,050 miles per month (which is actually way more than I personally drive my own car during the same time period). They spend about $30 on charging, saving about $75 in fuel costs.

I hope more people start using those figures if they think about buying an electric vehicle.  

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  • i'd love...

    I'd love to have an electric car, but its just too far from a reality. They are WAAAAY too expensive, even after government tax credits... and its very hard to get them charged up, especially if you live somewhere like in an apartment.
    doh123
    • Worst part: crappy range

      Except for Tesla, electric cars have a range of about 25 miles. That means that your driving range is a max of 12.5 miles round trip. That is not enough to do anything.

      The average commute to work (according to most studies) is around 40 miles. That is 15 miles more than what most electric vehicles can drive.
      wackoae
      • Your information is out of date

        Just yesterday I travelled 62 miles on 3/4 charge. A little more than the 25 miles you quoted. I can get over 80 miles on a charge. All electric LEAF.
        JPWhite
        • This is why e-vehicles are not selling!

          Read this article to get an idea of why electric vehicles are not selling!

          "After an overnight charge the colour digital instrument read-out suggested the electric-only range would be 64 kilometres, but that quickly plummeted up the steep mountain climb. After only a few kays it dropped to 39 kilometres in the crisp, three-degree air."

          http://theage.drive.com.au/motor-news/holden-volt-to-the-outback-20120907-25hvr.html
          Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • range is alot better then you think

        I can convert an existing vehicle for the same price as a leaf or less and get over 150 to 200 mile range at highway speeds.

        I have a friend who converted 1971 el camino, and thats what he gets and its nearly 4klb in gross weight, now if you get that to 2klb or less you will be able to travel much farther.
        tcg2ki
  • Did you hear the Indy 500 is going electric?

    The event will now be held over a week and a half period, since the race cars have to be plugged in every 60 miles and charge overnight.
    Tony Burzio
    • Indy

      This is actually not true at all. The favored entry is the Tesla Model Z601 which has a 0-60 time of 1.9 seconds and a top speed of 362 mph (electronically limited).

      The Z601 racing configuration for Indy also features a rail-gun that can eject the driver module forward at supersonic speed in the final straightaway for that last bit of competitive edge.

      As you are surely aware, NASA is purchasing a couple dozen Z601's to replace the T-38 trainer jets that Astronauts currently use for commuting between Houston and the Cape. The Z601s, in addition to being a much greener solution, will cut astronaut door-to-door travel times between Texas and Florida by over an hour.
      z2217
  • heh

    "which has 11.1 public charging locations per 100,000 residents"

    Heh, still a long ways to go I see.

    "(which is actually way more than I personally drive my own car during the same time period)"

    You're a blogger specializing in green tech. Like most bloggers, you don't really need to go anywhere, and specializing in green tech, I bet you probably do a lot of stuff to save miles and mileage that most people don't.
    CobraA1
  • Fuel cost should include the batteries

    Now if the batteries will last 8-10 years and will cost 10-18k to replace (maybe a lot less in 10 years or maybe you can't get replacement).

    $10,000 / 10 years / 12 month = $83.3, so if the saving is $75 a month without battery cost. You will end up paying more with electric than gas vehicles.
    ASPNET
    • Forgot to add the price differential...

      And increased service charges.

      Anyone considering an elective car for savings is delusional - thankfully a common trait amongst the "green" learned. Enjoy;-)
      Richard Flude
    • What you're forgetting is...

      In 10 years the cost of replacement batteries will be greatly reduced, but the cost of gas will be much higher. Your argument doesn't hold up.
      RichardIvey
  • Me, too.

    At $75 a month in fuel savings, it will take you 12 years to recoup the extra money you paid for your electric car.
    baggins_z