California reaches EV charging infrastructure milestone

Credit: Tesla

California has reached a key milestone in the development of its electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, with the Governor’s office over the weekend highlighting that the state now has one charging station for every five gas stations.

As announced in a press release from the office of Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday, California now has 105,000 individual public or shared private EV chargers, surpassing the one-fifth marker of the roughly 10,423 retail gas stations throughout the state captured in 2021 data from Statista.

To be sure, EV charging infrastructure nearly everywhere has a long way to go before surpassing gas refueling stations overall, but California is far ahead of most U.S. states on multiple EV goals, especially ahead of its 2035 new gas car sales ban.

California also leads the country in both EV charging infrastructure and overall adoption of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). Per the release, if California were a country, it would rank fourth in worldwide EV sales, following China, the U.S., and Germany. In 2023, one-third of all U.S. BEV sales took place in California.

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In the release, the Governor’s office also noted that the state has a total of 1.8 million total zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) sales to date. The release also highlights the recently approved $1.9 billion plan to install as many as 40,000 new public EV chargers.

Below is a video teaser posted by Newsom on Monday highlighting Tesla’s opening of the Supercharger network:

The announcement comes as Tesla has begun opening its Supercharger network to other EV brands, beginning with Ford and Rivian. Other EV brands, including General Motors (GM), Volvo, and Volvo-Geely-owned subsidiary Polestar, are expected to follow soon in gaining access to the charging network.

Tesla recently highlighted the fact that its pre-fabricated Supercharger units (PSUs) take just four days to open after their delivery. Supercharger stations have made up the vast majority of the U.S. fast-charging station rollout, as most automakers across the industry have also agreed to adopt Tesla’s NACS charging port in future vehicles.

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