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Published on June 30th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan

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A Brief Comparison Of EV Charging Availability — City To City (Maps)

June 30th, 2016 by  


Traveling in the Nissan LEAF bubble has lifted me out of the worse situations of smelling gas — as I do not have to refuel at gas stations. I do think that I have fewer headaches due to less exposure to the toxic fumes / air pollution. (Headaches can be a sign that the body is not handling the toxicity from environmental pollutants very well.) Reflecting on the benefits of clean EV charging stations in better locations, I felt it is a good time to do a brief comparison of EV charging availability — city to the city — supplemented with screenshots of what shows up on my phone and computer (using Plugshare).

Why does a city the size of Sarasota enjoy so many options and EV chargers compared to a city like Naples, Florida. Naples has as much or more wealth than Sarasota to enjoy EVs and EV chargers — but it lacks them.

At this impasse I suppose it is due to demand and activism, which seems to be relatively strong in Sarasota. Perhaps Naples appreciates gas cars more than EVs. With long highway-like streets, Naples appears (to me every time I pass through) like one long suburb — I wonder about the mass transit operations there as well.

But let’s jump into the maps.

Tallahassee, Florida = 12

Tallahassee

St. Petersburg, Florida = 48

St Pete

Miami, Florida = 86

Miami 86

Sarasota, Florida = 39

Sarasota

Gainesville, Florida = 8

Gainesville, Florida 8

Compared to another major Florida university city (one would like to think education and ecological wellness went hand in hand), small Sarasota is a clear leader.

Naples, Florida = 6

Naples

Compared to wealthy Naples, FL, where the drivers prefer Audi’s and other luxury gas cars, Sarasota is like EV heaven!

Austin, Texas = 144

Austin 144

Austin lives up to its green reputation and leadership, with a whopping 144 charging stations!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania = 137

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 137

One of the most-loved, pedestrian-friendly, transit-friendly cities of the Northeast United States, Philadelphia shows an abundance of EV chargers as well.

Houston, Texas = 125

Houston is a city that one might sit in at a stoplight with the car running for an hour — and then only to slowly move through at each busy intersection with a light. (I briefly lived in Houston. Hopefully things have gotten a bit better in recent years.) But it does have a fair number of EV charging stations!

Houston

Montreal, Canada = ???

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 137

Montreal is plastered in EV charging stations, and PlugShare won’t even show how many are there when zoomed out to the city scale.

New York City, NY = ???

New York City

NYC is a bit too abundant in charging stations to get a count as well….

Asheville, NC = 43

Asheville 43

Hippie haven Asheville has a decent 43 EV charging stations.

Chapel Hill, NC = 19

Chapel Hill has perhaps the most people-friendly mass transit in any area I have visited. It’s also a small, bikeable, walkable town. Perhaps one does not have much need for a car.

Chapel Hill

Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Florida = 14

Cocoa

Home of the annual EV Technology and Transportation Summit, Cocoa and a few nearby cities could use some help getting more charging stations in.

Mexico City, Mexico = 62

mexico city

Paris, France = 84

Paris

Paris has a lot more fast chargers than US cities! But 84 charging stations is not a lot for a city of that size.


 

In summary, what are the totals that show up on PlugShare for several major cities and a few small towns?

  • 6 — Naples, Florida
  • 8 — Gainesville, Florida
  • 12 — Tallahassee, Florida
  • 14 — Cocoa + Cocoa Beach + Cocoa West
  • 14 — Sedona, Arizona
  • 19 — Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 21 — New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 43 — Asheville, North Carolina
  • 48 — St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 62 — Mexico City, Mexico
  • 79 — Tacoma, Washington
  • 84 — Paris, France
  • 86 — Miami, Florida
  • 93 — Orlando, Florida
  • 125 — Houston, Texas
  • 131 — Nashville, Tennessee
  • 137 — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 144 — Austin, Texas
  • ??? (a lot) — Montreal, Canada
  • ??? (a ton) — New York City

Granted, geographic size, population, and how active PlugShare and its users are at adding charging stations in these various cities could warp the representation of EV charging infrastructure in these maps. Take lessons from them with caution.

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About the Author

Cynthia Shahan started writing by doing research as a social cultural and sometimes medical anthropology thinker. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education. Eventually becoming an organic farmer, licensed AP, anthropologist, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)



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