15 States With the Most EV Chargers (And the 10 With the Fewest)

From electric oases to charging deserts, explore the states driving the EV revolution.

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Updated July 18, 2024
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Electric vehicles are becoming more popular, with EVs marking up a bigger percentage of overall vehicle sales each year. These cars can also help you keep more cash in your wallet since you won’t have to fill them with gas.

However, one issue that may be holding you back from buying an EV is wondering whether there are enough chargers available where you live.

With that question in mind, we have highlighted the states with the most — and fewest — chargers. The list is based on U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center data.

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15. Arizona

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Number of chargers: 3,387

Arizona had close to 66,000 EV registrations in the state by the end of 2022.

14. New Jersey

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Number of chargers: 3,410

New Jersey has the fifth-highest number of EV registrations, with more than 87,000 vehicles registered with the state in 2022.

13. Ohio

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Number of chargers: 3,492

In December, Ohio became the first state to open an EV charging station funded by the federal National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.

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12. North Carolina

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Number of chargers: 3,893

North Carolina recently increased registration fees for EVs as the state tries to become less reliant on gas taxes to maintain roads.

11. Virginia

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Number of chargers: 4,116

Northern Virginia is leading the charge for EVs in the state, with most of the state’s electric vehicles belonging to drivers in the suburbs near the District of Columbia.

10. Pennsylvania

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Number of chargers: 4,198

The Pennsylvania Legislature is debating a potential annual fee for EV owners. Like many states, Pennsylvania is concerned about losing gas tax money it uses to pay for road maintenance.

9. Maryland

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Number of chargers: 4,631

A total of $15 million in federal funds was recently awarded to the Maryland Clean Energy Center at Coppin State University to build more charging stations across the state.

8. Georgia

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Number of chargers: 4,926

Georgia had more than 60,000 EVs registered in the state in 2022, placing it in the top 10 among all states.

7. Colorado

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Number of chargers: 5,017

Colorado has a goal to have 940,000 light-duty EVs on the state’s roads by 2030.

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6. Washington

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Number of chargers: 5,463

The state of Washington is also adopting the California goal to sell only zero-emissions vehicles by 2035.

Plug-in hybrid vehicles will fall under that directive as long as they can drive at least 50 miles on the power of a battery.

5. Massachusetts

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Number of chargers: 6.920

Massachusetts gives low-income residents a rebate of up to $3,500 for qualifying EV purchases.

4. Texas

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Number of chargers: 8,539

Texas is another state that has embraced EVs. It has the third-highest number of EV registrations, with 149,000 in 2022.

3. Florida

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Number of chargers: 9,094

Nearly 168,000 vehicles registered in Florida were EVs in 2022, making it the state with the second-largest number of EV registrations.

2. New York

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Number of chargers: 10,630

In 2022, New York became the second state to mandate zero emissions for vehicles. The goal is to do so by 2035.

1. California

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Number of chargers: 43,584

One reason California is at the top of this list is the heavy demand for chargers in the state. The state had more than 900,000 registered EVs by the end of 2022.

10 States with the fewest EV chargers

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Some states are lagging when it comes to the transition to EVs. Here are the states with the fewest chargers.

10. New Hampshire

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Number of chargers: 539

New Hampshire drivers face an additional EV registration fee for both EVs and plug-in hybrids thanks to a law that went into effect in 2023.

9. Delaware

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Number of chargers: 498

Delaware does not have many chargers, but that could change with the implementation of a new law.

The state is requiring that 43% of new cars and light trucks for sale at dealerships for the 2027 model year must be electric or plug-in hybrid.

8. Idaho

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Number of chargers: 442

Idaho doesn’t offer rebates, tax credits, or other incentives to drivers to encourage them to buy an EV.

7. West Virginia

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Number of chargers: 426

West Virginia had the fourth-lowest number of EVs registered among all states in 2022, at just under 1,900 registrations.

6. Mississippi

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Number of chargers: 398

In Mississippi, drivers pay an additional fee when registering an EV. In addition, the Legislature passed a law in 2023 that stops EV manufacturers from opening new locations in the state.

5. Montana

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Number of chargers: 347

Montana does not have laws that reduce the cost of insuring EVs, which means such vehicles are often significantly more expensive to insure than traditional gas-powered vehicles.

4. Wyoming

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Number of chargers: 241

Wyoming had less than 1,000 EVs registered in the state in 2022.

3. South Dakota

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Number of chargers: 223

South Dakota barely broke above 1,000 EVs registered in the state during 2022.

2. North Dakota

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Number of chargers: 206

North Dakota had less than 700 EVs registered by a state in 2022. It ranked last among the 50 states.

1. Alaska

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Number of chargers: 121

Alaska has a history as an oil producer, which might be hampering the transition to EVs.

In addition, EVs do not always perform as well in cold weather, so more drivers might be reluctant to buy them in Alaska.

Bottom line

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Electric vehicles can help you get ahead financially because you charge the vehicle instead of filling it up with gas.

But before you buy an EV, you probably will want to know how many public chargers are available in your state. Depending on where you live, this list should be either reassuring or worrisome.

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Jenny Cohen

Jenny Cohen is a freelance writer who has covered a bit of everything, from finance to sports to her favorite TV shows. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and FoxSports.com.