500 Million EV Charging Stations In The US

This is something that may be unique to me, but I don’t think so — for a long time, I thought electric cars needed a special charging station or charger. All the talk about new EV charging stations, chargers, and nonsensical “range anxiety” kept me from realizing that electric cars can be plugged into typical household electricity outlets. That makes “fueling up” an EV a whole lot more convenient than fueling up a gasmobile.

Actually, I’ve written posts on how ridiculously convenient charging an EV is, as I think that’s one of the biggest benefits of these cars for the people who own them.

So, I’m not going to focus on that great convenience today. But I wanted to highlight a great comment one of my internet friends made on a post a few months ago — “if you can live with a charging rate of 5 miles per hour charging, there are more than 475 million 110 V electrical outlets that you can plug into but at 8-10 Amps.”

Credit: Carbon Arc / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA
Credit: Carbon Arc / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA


When you put it like that, the whole issue of “limited EV infrastructure” and range anxiety becomes somewhat comical — ridiculous. And then add in thousands of public EV charging stations and electrical outlets with even greater voltage (that can charge your EV faster than 110 V outlets can). Clearly. we’ve got a pretty built out and widespread EV infrastructure network.

There is one key caveat. Many people who live in apartment buildings or condos or don’t have a parking place near an outlet for some other reason could have difficulties with an EV, and they may have the same lack of availability at work. 110 V outlets take a fairly long time (several hours) to charge an EV. Completely charging a 2013 Nissan Leaf using a 110 V outlet would take approximately 16 hours. However, with the 6.6kW charger that you can get when you buy a 2013 Leaf, and using a 240 V outlet, that is cut down to 4 hours. 110 V outlets can be very helpful to owners who have access to them, but for those without, some sort of residential charging solution or good EV charging infrastructure at work or nearby is still important.

Your thoughts?

3 thoughts on “500 Million EV Charging Stations In The US

  1. For residential houses in the usa that cannot obtain a 240vac circuit, it seems to me that there would be a market for solar/ battery storage combos that would store energy during the day, and then one could rapid charge the car by night. You would not have to wait 16 hours in this manner. Also, since the solar system can effectively step up to higher voltages you are not limited to 240 volts either.

    So in this manner a residential home owner could commute to work each and every day, and collect energy while they work away but at home. No real need to plug in anywhere else, so long as you are working within the “range” of the ev car. Tesla and others will soon hit 200 miles.

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