Communities and rural regions have low EV adoption rates compared to metropolitan areas, with the vast majority of non-urbanized regions having new EV registration rates of zero to half a percent. This equates to less than five and in many cases zero recorded EVs per 10,000 people in most non-metro counties, compared to 10 to over 100 recorded EVs per 10,000 people in metropolitan counties. This discrepancy is also evident at the state level, with states with more rural populations having much lower EV registration rates.
While manufacturers are now offering more EV body types than ever before, model availability continues to be a major barrier to rural EV adoption due to the lack of truck options. The trucks are very popular in rural areas such as North Dakota, Wyoming and Mississippi. Although various sedan and crossover electric vehicle models are available, the automotive industry has yet to witness the introduction of a fully electric pickup truck. With the launch of Ford’s all-electric F-150 Lightning in the spring of 2022, that will soon be a thing of the past.
A new study from the online resource Zutobi for driver education looked at the ratio of charging stations to the number of electric vehicles in each state and the total number of cars. North Dakota, Wyoming and West Virginia are the states with the most electric vehicle charging stations.
North Dakota: Charging stations for 100 electric vehicles: 63.2
North Dakota’s dispersed cities pose an immediate challenge to electric vehicle drivers whose travel is limited by the distance between critical charging stations. According to the state Department of Transportation, North Dakota has the fewest registered all-electric vehicles of any state – just 266. However, an increase in the number of electric vehicle charging stations in North Dakota over the past of the last period may have signaled a watershed moment in the state’s electric vehicle accessibility. This rural state currently has about 139 charging ports, which translates to 63.2 per 100 electric vehicles. North Dakota has a variety of electric vehicle incentive programs in place, and the state of the infrastructure is expected to improve a lot more.
Wyoming: charging stations for 100 electric vehicles: 55.8
The competition for charging stations must be taken into account before converting to an electric vehicle. There’s no point in being environmentally conscious and trying to reduce your emissions if you can’t power your vehicle. Wyoming is another state with low EV adoption but high charger density – 55.8 chargers per 100 EVs. Wyoming is one of several states in the United States that has secured government funding to build a network of charging stations that would connect Atlantic highways to Pacific shores.
Mississippi – Charging stations for 100 electric vehicles: 55.5
The number of registered electric vehicles in Mississippi is quite low, like in North Dakota and Wyoming, but a solid charging infrastructure is starting to emerge to encourage more people to make the switch. Mississippi is second only to Wyoming in the number of charging stations per 100 EVs, with 55.5 charging outlets per 100 EVs. Currently, Mississippi has 580 registered electric vehicles, and the market is poised to grow as new makes and models of vehicles become available in Magnolia State.
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