Electric car connected at charging station, New York City, New York.
As much as we may bemoan the transition away from fossil fuels, it continues to become more urgently necessary the planet continues to suffer from the effects of climate change. On the bright side, there have been incredible strides in the number of available public charging ports in recent years to help democratize EV ownership for those who choose to go EV or even PHEV.
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told CNET, that the United States opened about 900 new electric vehicle charging ports across the country each week last year, contributing to the total number of public charge ports in America reaching about 170,000 by the end of 2023. At the time of writing this, a representative from the U.S. Department of Energy said there were precisely 169,828 public charge ports available.
It’s worth noting that the real winner for DC Fast Charging is the North American Charging Standard. Or, more specifically, it’s all of the automakers who recently announced their move to Tesla’s charger inlet.
Data shows that Tesla’s NACS standard makes up 64% of all publicly available DCFCs across the nation. However, there are significantly fewer NACS-equipped charging station locations versus CCS chargers. For every NACS-equipped station, three stations equipped with CCS exist. That being said, NACS stations have, on average, 11 chargers at each location versus two plugs at each CCS-equipped station.
This is a rare example of the government putting our money where its mouth is, given that it is on track to handily exceed its initial promise of 500,000 publicly available charging ports by 2030.
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