Delaware in middle of pack in electric vehicle charging stations

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Delaware is not a leader in the ranking of electric vehicle charging stations.

Financial comparison site Forbes Advisor analyzed data from the U.S Department of Energy and all 50 states to establish how many electric charging stations there are in each state per registered electric vehicle in the state.

North Dakota is the most accessible state in America to charge an electric car since it has only a small number of electric vehicles.

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A small state standout is Rhode Island, which ranks third, even though it has about 1,500 electric vehicles. North Dakota only has 220.

The least accessible state in America to drive an electric vehicle is neighboring New Jersey, with 46.16 electric vehicles to a single station. The Garden State has 659 charging stations for 30,420 registered electric vehicles.

The lack of public stations does not necessarily reflect difficulties in charging vehicles. Often an overnight charge at home is enough for the daily commute, even without a charger at work. Still, more stations are needed for EV owners and business vehicles that travel long distances.

Another drawback is different charging times for vehicles and different charging systems. Tesla leads the pack in charging speed with its more powerful Supercharger stations. Gas station/convenience store operator Wawa has a number of Supercharger locations in Delaware.

California is the fourth-least accessible state for charging an electric car, with a ratio of 31.20 electrics to a single charging station. California has 13,628 charging stations across the state, as well as 425,300 registered electric vehicles. Hawaii is the fifth least accessible American state for charging an electric car, having a ratio of 29.97 electric vehicles to a charging station as a result of 10,670 registered electric vehicles and 356 charging points.

Commenting on the study, a spokesperson from Forbes Advisor said: “The electric car industry is growing at a rapid pace for numerous reasons, including rising gas prices, as well as electric vehicles being an eco-friendlier mode of transport. However, these findings offer a fascinating insight into the disparity between states when it comes to accessibility for drivers of electric vehicles.”

Delaware has been working on adding recharging stations. Last year, Gov. John Carney signed Senate Bill 21, an amendment to the Delaware Energy Act. The legislation explicitly allows state agencies to charge employees and the public a fee for charging stations on state property so long as those fees do not exceed the agency’s cost.

DNREC also announced a $1.4 million program to build more fast-charging stations.

See ranking below:

StateNumber of cars
per charging station
North Dakota3.18
Wyoming5.40
Rhode Island6.24
Maine6.33
West Virginia6.38
South Dakota6.83
Missouri6.84
Kansas6.89
Vermont7.12
Mississippi8.04
Arkansas8.20
Iowa8.59
District of Columbia9.36
Massachusetts9.87
Nebraska9.94
New York11.72
Oklahoma11.88
Montana12.05
Kentucky12.10
South Carolina12.33
Tennessee12.90
Utah13.30
Michigan13.37
Louisiana13.82
Alabama14.59
New Mexico14.80
Ohio14.82
Delaware15.35
Pennsylvania15.73
Maryland15.81
Georgia16.00
North Carolina16.04
Colorado16.23
Wisconsin16.60
New Hampshire17.69
Alaska18.43
Virginia19.51
Connecticut19.52
Minnesota20.39
Idaho22.11
Indiana22.40
Nevada23.43
Texas23.88
Florida23.92
Oregon25.30
Illinois27.02
Hawaii29.97
California31.20
Washington32.13
Arizona32.69
New Jersey46.16
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