Skip to main content

The best cities for EV charging stations are all on the West Coast

These West Coast cities are the easiest to find EV charging stations

Kia EV6 2022 charging
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The electric car market continues to heat up, and with that comes EV charging stations popping up at lightning speed. Electric vehicle sales came in at 800,000 in 2022, a whopping 65% increase compared to the prior year, according to research from Storage Cafe. But it’s not just cars — there were 5,000 electric buses in operation in 2022 nationwide, and those also need to recharge while they’re on the go.

If you own an electric car and live in an area that’s at the bottom of the pack in terms of availability around town, you know the frustration it can bring when planning a trip or just timing appointments. If you’re thinking of moving and this is on your list of considerations, the West Coast seems the place to be.

Recommended Videos

Top EV charging cities

If you want to live in the top city for an EV owner, Seattle, Washington is considered the best metro area for electric cars. There are a few reasons for this, including the number of EVs, charging stations around town, and clean energy production. Another thing to note, an eGallon costs about 90 cents, significantly lower than a tank of gas.

Surprising no one, California takes more than half of the top cities to own an electric vehicle, with cities like San Jose, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Not only do they boast a number of charging stations in each city, California’s environmental-friendly policies also make it an ideal place to live if you want to do your part for the environment. The only southern city to make it into the top 10 is Miami, Florida.

Top EV-owner states

Unsurprisingly, the top states with electric vehicle owners seem to match the number of charging stations. California dwarfs the competition with 878,000 EV owners as of 2021. Florida and Texas come in at number 2 and number 3, with 128,000 and 112,000 owners, respectively. Other states like Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois also hold a place in the top 10.

Ford Mustang MachE EV plugged in a charging station
Image used with permission by copyright holder

In terms of car manufacturers, Tesla is still the market leader, but names like Ford, Kia, and Mercedes aren’t far behind. So, with all the stations and infrastructure happening to make it easier to charge, will it be enough? According to Sarah Kurtz, Ph.D., Professor, University of California, Merced, the answer is no. “France recently mandated putting solar panels over parking lots. If our parking lots have solar panels and electric vehicle charging, it will be easy for even people without garages to charge vehicles, she said. “We need that level of convenience for everyone. However, we are a long way away from making it easy for everyone to charge their vehicle.” But she does believe EVs are here to stay. “I think we can expect that they will be increasingly popular as long as we can keep electricity prices low,” she said.

Editors' Recommendations

Julie Scagell
Former Digital Trends Contributor
I am a freelance writer based in Minneapolis, MN. My passions include my dogs, talking about my dogs, and taking pictures of…
The secret Costco rotisserie chicken deal only pros and super fans know about
Love Costco rotisserie chicken? With this life hack, you'll love it even more
Costco rotisserie chicken

Chicken is a fan-favorite food, and for good reason — from barbecue chicken to chicken quesadillas to chicken parmigiana, it’s a lean protein that serves as the centerpiece for so many different meals. Consider this: In the early 1970s, per capita poultry consumption in the U.S. was almost 50 pounds; these days, it’s more than 100 pounds per person.

Of course, chicken hasn’t evaded the raging inflation that’s hiking up expenses every time we go to the grocery store (or gas station, shopping mall, or — well, just about anywhere.) According to the USDA, wholesale poultry prices are predicted to increase between 19-22% this year.

Read more
How to keep Costco croissants fresh for weeks (or months)
Don't throw out those stale croissants from Costco: 6 things to do instead
Costco croissants

The one thing we love about Costco is that we can buy the things we love in bulk. The one thing we wish Costco would change? It forces us to buy things in bulk. We know, it’s the ultimate catch-22 of first-world problems.

Croissants from Costco are some of the best you can buy, which itself is a weird statement. How is it that a warehouse store has baked goods that are better — and often fresher — than a lot of local bakeries? We love Costco croissants, but most households can’t get through 12 big croissants in a few days’ time. What can you do? 

Read more
The best times to do your Costco shopping, according to workers and members
Here's when you can avoid Costco crowds
Costco warehouse and grocery store interior

If you love Costco as much as we do, you probably think there is no bad time to hit up the superstore. But if you're looking to avoid the rush of people and long lines, there are better times to go than others. As many know, Reddit has a wealth of information about Costco under the subreddit r/Costco, where droves of shoppers log in to ask all sorts of questions — from the best deals to their favorite purchases. One recently asked the question: "What is factually the best time to go to Costco? Weekdays, weekends, sunny, rainy, snowy days?" and the answers do not disappoint.

The best of the best
Of course, it wouldn't be social media without some entertainment thrown in, and this question got plenty of those responses. The most popular: "When you are craving a hot dog." While it's funny, Costco makes headlines for never increasing the price of their hot dog plus soda deal in the 40 years it's served up the tasty treat (which can be yours for the low price of $1.50). Another happy shopper recently found another good time to go: "Apparently during [the] Super Bowl." Makes sense.

Read more