Number of U.S. electric vehicle charging stations and outlets 2018

In 2018, the U.S. had approximately 57,000 charging outlets and 20,000 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). A considerable sum of these chargers is found in California, with some 4,800 stations and 18,200 power outlets. Plug-in power stations and charging outlets have helped the U.S. plug-in electric vehicle sales rise from 115,000 in 2015 to 358,000 in 2018.

Outlets supporting the EV boom

Having a network of charging stations and outlets is absolutely necessary for electric vehicles to be practical for most drivers. Therefore, it is no surprise that electric vehicle sales spiked in China, with its 210,000 or so electric vehicle chargers (EVSE) . In terms of U.S. markets, California absolutely outperforms every other U.S. state when it comes to plug-in electric vehicle sales: Between 2011 and 2017, a total of 177,000 battery electric vehicles were sold here, more than in the next top ten states combined. A fair share of power outlets is still privately owned in homes or workplaces, with the latter playing a large role in attracting commuters towards electric vehicles. With faster charging and cheaper, more efficient batteries, long distance travel becomes possible with plug-in EVs. As a result, the electric vehicle fleet size in California alone is expected to grow to reach almost four million by 2030.
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Number of public electric vehicle charging stations and charging outlets in the U.S. as of December 2018
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