US retailers decided to take part of the summer off when it came to deploying new public electric-vehicle chargers. The installation pace for these stations slowed slightly the last two months after reaching a pretty steady clip earlier this year at about 200 new stations a month. Between the last week of May and the first week of August, about 350 stations were added, bringing the US total to 6,395. That's up from about 5,200 at the beginning of the year, according to US Department of Energy numbers.

The West Coast remains the most EV-friendly region, with California totaling 1,411 stations and Oregon and Washington together adding 696 more. Texas checked in at 481 stations, while Florida had 387. Among retailers, Walgreens held steady at about 370 stations deployed, easily making it the country's most EV-friendly store. Kohl's had 60 EV charging stations while Kwik Trip and Whole Foods had 48 and 41 stations respectively. McDonald's was home to 40 stations, while Fred Meyer offers 32.


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      paulwesterberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unfortunately the competing standards for fast charging CHAdeMO(nissan, very few chargers), SAE Combo(US, very few cars or chargers), Tesla(proprietary) will cause confusion and delay the installation of fast chargers enabling long distance BEV travel.
        Spec
        • 1 Year Ago
        @paulwesterberg
        Indeed. It is a crappy situation. Hopefully it will be resolved relatively soon.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      We should look at areas that are well traveled and are 50+ miles away from an installed public charger for where to built some new ones.
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to take a positive and turn it into a negative, Danny! fact is, as a whole, a lot of charging stations are being installed in the last couple years. EVs and PHEVs have gone from being almost nonexistant, to being common vehicles in just 5 years.
      sebringc5
      • 1 Year Ago
      Growed? Proper English your second language?
      Dave D
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey, it's hot in that summer sun! We'll wait till it cools off a little to keep installing those things :-)
      throwback
      • 1 Year Ago
      is there any data on how much/often they are being used? I guess the ones in cali get the most use.
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