Disparities in EV charging persist in US neighborhoods

Illustration of a card in the form of a lightning bolt

Image: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Electric vehicle (EV) chargers are easier to find in whiter, more affluent neighborhoods nationwide, according to analysis by Axios.

Why it matters: Automakers and legislators are push electric vehicles as a cleaner alternative to conventional cars.

  • However, disparities in charging infrastructure threaten to limit who can enjoy the benefits of the generational shift away from internal combustion engines, such as cleaner air and lower long-term costs.
  • Charge access concerns are one of the reasons biggest raids which prevents more car buyers from switching to electric cars – along with high prices for electric vehicles.

Using the numbers: According to our analysis of the top 35 US cities, majority white counties are about 1.4 times as likely as majority nonwhite counties to have a charger, while counties with chargers are about 1.14 times as affluent as those without chargers of EV sales nationwide.

  • Racial disparities in charging access are particularly pronounced in certain cities and metropolitan areas.
  • In Philadelphia, for example, majority white counties are 3.9 times more likely to have a charging station. They are 2.8 times as likely in Chicago and 2.6 times as likely in New York.
  • In each of these cities, white majority counties are about as likely to have a gas station as nonwhite majority counties.

Yes but: Elsewhere, disparities in fees are less pronounced.

  • In San Francisco (a major hub for electric vehicle ownership), Dallas, and Portland, Oregon, for example, chargers are about as common in white-majority counties as in other boroughs.

Methodology: Our analysis relied on EV market share data from S&P Global Mobility and charger location information from the US Department of Energy.

Reality check: Charging is just one hurdle when it comes to electric car equity.

  • The price is also a major concern. According to the Kelley Blue Book, the average electric vehicle sold for $61,448 in December, putting them outside the budgets of many car buyers — although they’re generally cheaper to run over the long run and government incentives can lower ownership costs.
  • The used car market is growing but still limited.

Something to see: The federal government is seeking to curb some of these injustices under a program that is pumping $5 billion into a Nationwide charging network for electric vehicles and provides an additional $2.5 billion in grants for “community-based” charging infrastructure.

  • The Biden administration says 40% of the benefits of those investments should go to “disadvantaged communities” — by providing jobs, cleaner air and hopefully more chargers.


Hey, I am Sakib Hossain Sojib, an entrepreneur known as an SEO Specialist, Digital Marketer, Blogger, and Content Creator. I have a team of researchers who guide and review products for our audience to help them by providing valuable information to help our audience makes the best decisions for their needs. I love to take care of my cars. So, I like and enjoy car maintenance and automotive research. The provided content is based on my learning, research, and understanding of the topic and its concept. Our extensive experience in the industry allows us to offer unique insights and perspectives on the latest trends and products. We aim to educate and empower our readers by providing them with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their needs.

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker

Refresh Page