Electric vehicle market expansion has been pledged worldwide, and with the United States scheduled to ban the sale of diesel and gasoline vehicles by 2035, individuals learning to drive may soon have to consider an EV when buying their first automobile. But how are things going right now in the US?
The best states for plugin cars were determined by a recent Forbes Advisor research that compared the number of registered electric vehicles to charging stations (via USA Today).
The findings of the study showed that North Dakota ranks first in terms of the number of EVs in the state, with a ratio of 3.18 EVs per charging station.To be specific, North Dakota tops the list with 69 charging stations and 220 registered electrical vehicles, narrowly beating out Wyoming and the little state of Rhode Island.
According to the study, Wyoming has 330 registered EVs and 61 charging stations, for a ratio of 5.40 EVs per charging station. With a staggering 1,580 registered EVs and 253 charging stations, Rhode Island came in third with 6.24 EVs per charging station.
Maine, West Virginia, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Vermont, and Mississippi, along with other medium-sized, sparsely populated states, all scored well. Meanwhile, Nevada, New Jersey, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, Florida, Texas, and New Jersey did far worse.
Interestingly, despite being a hub for EVs, the origin of Tesla, and the state with the highest population in the nation (approximately 40 million people), California came in last. With a ratio of 31.20 EVs to 1 charging station, California also ranked as the fourth least accessible state for EV owners in this rating.
According to Experian statistics, EV sales currently make up 4.6% of all passenger car sales in the United States. Additionally, EV market share has just topped 10% globally, with American brand Tesla and Chinese brand BYDleading the way.
Nonetheless, there is still a long way to go before the US is geared up for a broad deployment of electric vehicles because the country is enormous, and each state has its own regulations. Additionally, since EVs significantly rely on a network of charging stations to function, many obstacles still exist.