Over the years as EV sales increased in the US, the talks have always been about EVs in California, Los Angeles, New York, and many other countries’ top locations. However, in a recent study evaluating the EV infrastructure. The best rating came to North Dakota, with the second being Wyoming and Rhode Island has the third position.
The study was by Forbes Advisor, evaluating EV charging infrastructure. They looked at the ratio of registered electric vehicles to charging stations to evaluate the best charging infrastructure. The results came surprising, bringing out unexpected locations into the limelight. North Dakota has a ratio of 3.18 electric cars and 1 charging station.
Most of those that top the list simply have few enough EVs to accommodate them with a small amount of charging stations. Still, with 69 charging stations and 220 registered EVs, North Dakota lands at the top of the list just ahead of Wyoming and the tiny state of Rhode Island, and it’s a well-earned spot. The study showed that Wyoming had a ratio of 5.40 EVs per charging station, with 330 registered EVs and 61 charging stations across the state. Rhode Island came in third, with 6.24 EVs per charging station — but with a whopping 1,580 registered EVs and 253 charging stations.
Other medium-sized, lightly populated states such as Maine, West Virginia, South Dakota, Missouri, Kansas, Vermont, and Mississippi all ranked well, while many more well-populated states ranked far worse. The ten worst-ranking states included New Jersey, Arizona, Washington, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Oregon, Florida, Texas, and Nevada.
California ranked poorly despite being a hotspot for EVs, being Tesla’s birthplace, and being the country’s most populous state — with around 40 million residents total. In this index, California ranked the fourth least accessible state for EV owners, with a ratio of 31.20 EVs to 1 charging station. EVs are growing in popularity in the U.S. and around the world. Currently, EVs account for 4.6 percent of all passenger vehicle sales in the U.S., according to data from Experian. Additionally, EVs just surpassed 10 percent of market share worldwide, with Chinese brand BYD and U.S. brand Tesla at the front of the pack. Battery-electric vehicles reached 10 percent of the worldwide auto market in July, according to data compiled by CleanTechnica. The publication’s José Pontes has also said he expects September to be the first time plugin vehicle registrations will reach one million units. Worldwide plugin vehicle registrations jumped 61 percent year over year in July, totaling 778,000 units and representing the best first month of any quarter yet.