The US increased the number of publicly accessible electric-vehicle charging stations by about nine percent in the first quarter of 2013 as retailers and municipalities looked to start meeting increased demand from drivers of plug-ins vehicles like the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.

As of March 22, plug-in drivers could access 5,678 charging stations across the country, up 478 from an even 5,200 on December 18, according to figures published by the US Department of Energy. At that pace, US should add about 1,900 stations this year, potentially bringing the total to around 7,100 by the end of the year.

Charging stations continue to be most prevalent on the West Coast. As of March 22, California had 1,207 stations, or more than a fifth of the country's total. Washington and Oregon had 326 and 310 stations, respectively, putting a third of the US charging stations in the three westernmost continental states. Meanwhile, Texas had 432 stations, while 352 stations have been deployed in Florida.

As for retailers, Walgreens is by far the plug-in friendliest, with 365 stores deploying plug-in stations nationally. 55 Kohl's stores had public stations as of March 22, while Whole Foods was home to 39 stations.

The popularity of plug-in vehicles among Americans continues to rise even as demand for hybrids and diesels appears to be flattening out. For the first quarter, Americans more than doubled purchases of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids to almost 18,000 vehicles, including the 4,750 Model S cars sold by Tesla Motors.

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      Pretty much everywhere but Denver. There are practically none here. As a matter of fact I have never even seen one. Medicinal marijuana depots everywhere, but no charging stations.
      Actionable Mango
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, one third of all stations nationwide are in the three West Coast states. What's wrong with the East Coast? You certainly have the greater population density to support more stations.
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      There needs to be like 10-20k per major state (EV friendly anyway). 7k for the whole country is actually pitifull.
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      I want more stations in NJ.....what's wrong with NJ? we rank second in solar and probably in EV car ownership as well.
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      I don't know if it's nationwide, but a large # of Walgreens' chargers are not free. In fact, most of the public charger companies charge way too much for juice, comparable to >$5/gal gas. Public charging should cost $0.50/hr max, or they should get laws changed so they can charge per kWh delivered.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Spiffster, looking on there are about 58 public charging stations in the Denver area.
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        Woah! 58!! There are more on one city block in CA. All 58 of them are out of my way. None at any ski resorts, or anywhere near south west Denver. If you live here and own an EV like I do, you would know, but you dont. I am just fine charging at home but it would nice if they had WAY more that I could actually use if I wanted to.
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