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Sunday, May 21, 2023

There's Not Enough Infrastructure For EVs


Electric Vehicle charging locations in the US from Energy.gov 

If you drive an EV, you've heard someone say, "I'd like to drive an EV, but there's no place to charge them up." This outdated mantra has been getting an extra layer of play around here recently since Oregon declared that the sales of gas-powered cars would stop in 2035. 

This tired 'no place to plug in' mantra is simply no longer true. From hairstyles to music, a lot can change in a decade and, in the last decade, one of the biggest changes was the quiet installation of EV charging stations. One highway mall, shopping center, and rest stop at a time; EV infrastructure has proliferated in North America.

The above map is from energy.gov.  

Other than the charging desert in north central Montana, you can drive just about anywhere in the US and find a place to plug in! So if you hear someone say there's no place to plug-in, you can tell them they need to gather new evidence and update their priors. And, know this, in the next decade, it will grow even faster (maybe even in Montana). 

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