Electric vehicles – is the U.S. ready?

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Tesla currently rules the electric vehicle market in the U.S. But despite the manufacturer’s ambitious plans, things are likely to change in the foreseeable future. Nearly every major car manufacturer has announced plans to include more electric vehicles in their lineup; General Motors plans to release 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023, and Ford has 13 EV models in the pipeline for the same year.

But what is the current state of affairs? Has the electric vehicle market really taken off outside of California? And most importantly, is the existing infrastructure ready for mass-market EV cars?

More than half of all fully electric cars in the U.S. are sold in California. The numbers for plug-in hybrids are nearly the same, with the Golden State accounting for 45 percent of all sales.

California is also the most innovative state when it comes to alternative fuel. All 33 hydrogen fueling stations in the country are located within the state’s borders.

Adoption of EVs is no exception: 4.5 out of every 1,000 cars in the state are electric, which is much higher than in every other state (.7 in New York and .5 in Texas).

At the same time, the necessary infrastructure for widespread EV adoption isn’t quite ready yet — at least not in every state.

The data on electric charging stations is widely available. There are over 3,600 stations in California and more than 700 stations in New York. But how many is enough? Let’s see how these numbers compare to the most common gasoline stations.

Electric vehicles charging availability

As you can see, the entire West Coast is in the green, meaning there’s one electric charging station for every four to five stations selling gasoline. This means that EV owners shouldn’t have any difficulties charging their vehicles (if it weren’t for different charging standards, which complicates things slightly).

On the other hand, you may want to think twice before buying a Tesla or Nissan Leaf in states such as North Dakota or Mississippi, where electric charging stations are much more sparse.


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About Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov

Andrey Kamenov, Ph.D. Probability and Statistics

Andrey Kamenov is a data scientist working for Advameg Inc. His background includes teaching statistics, stochastic processes and financial mathematics in Moscow State University and working for a hedge fund. His academic interests range from statistical data analysis to optimal stopping theory. Andrey also enjoys his hobbies of photography, reading and powerlifting.

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