Posting in Cities
PlugShare's user data points to encouraging signs for EV charging infrastructure around the country.
The makers of PlugShare - an app that helps users locate electric vehicle charging stations nearby - have tapped the app's user base for some interesting EV trends. Based on the incidence of charging stations per 100,000 residents, (taken from PlugShare's data as well as the 2012 U.S. Census) PlugShare developer Xatori Inc. has ranked the top ten most EV-ready cities in the country.
Leading the pack is Portland, Ore., with 11.0 charging locations per 100,000 residents, followed by Dallas (10.6), Nashville (8.2), San Francisco Bay Area (6.6), Seattle (6.5), Orlando (6.3), Austin (5.3), Tucson (5.3), Honolulu (5.1), and the Washington, D.C. area (4.7).
While several of these cities may seem like unlikely hotspots for electric vehicle adoption, most of these areas do have a connection to EVs. Dallas is one of the focus areas for a Texas-based electric vehicle infrastructure company; Nashville is home to a factory that builds Nissan Leafs; Orlando is a focus area for charging station distributor CarCharging; Tucson is a focus area for Arizona-based EV infrastructure company Blink, and Honolulu, an early testing location for Israeli EV infrastructure company Better Place.
Forrest North, CEO and Co-Founder of Xatori, said that North America's EV charging infrastructure is growing at an impressive clip. "[PlugShare] started a year and a half ago, and when we started there were a total of 500 charging stations in the U.S. and Canada," he said. "Now, we are adding 500 a month."
Xatori also highlighted the average savings for EV users, which it gathered from GreenCharge, another of its apps. Based on a sample size of approximately 1,000, Xatori found that EV users drive on average 1,050 miles per month; they spend approximately $30 a month on electricity to charge their vehicles (based on consumers' local energy prices); and they save on average $75 a month on gasoline (based on a $3.50 average fuel price) and around 360 lbs of CO2 per month (based on the 22 mpg U.S. average for fuel economy).
North sees a bright future for electric vehicles. He argues that with lease prices on electric vehicles dropping considerably within the last year (as well as significant fuel savings compared to gasoline-powered cars), EVs are swiftly becoming more affordable than their gas-powered counterparts.
"If you're a commuter, that's a no-brainer," he said.
Looking ahead, North estimates that 65 percent of cars on the road will be electric within ten years. By some estimates, that is the percentage of American families that own more than one car. "In the next ten years," said North, "one of those cars will be an EV."
Aug 28, 2012
"Looking ahead, North estimates that 65 percent of cars on the road will be electric within ten years. By some estimates, that is the percentage of American families that own more than one car. In the next ten years, said North, one of those cars will be an EV." At the current pace of private (at home) and public EV charging stations being added per month it will take decades to get enough deployed and just as long for the national power grid to be augmented enough to support 65 percent of cars on the road being EV's. Right now it is not recommended you buy an EV until your power company has confirmed your house/neighborhood grid can support an EV charging station. That process can add weeks to the car buying process which is enough to turn off many casual potential buyers. The logistics of owning and operating an EV have to become easier than they currently are for EVs to gain wide spread acceptance. Just a reminder. The Chevy Volt has a gasoline engine which makes it a hybrid.
The map doesn't have the proper coding for the signs. The colors don't mean anything with the map code. I am glad to see that EV stations are becoming more prevalent.
We have researched this sector of electric vehicles for a few years and proud to be a part of this growing industry. We have the ability now to market and install EV charging stations nation wide. Let us know where you would like to have a charging station in your city. We look forward to keep you on the go. Sunny Regards, Kevin Frost
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