Public Electric Car Charging Stations Are Not Necessary for Typical Daily Driving Habits

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Fact: Most EV charging is done at home and public chargers are rapidly spreading

Myth: Electric cars take too long to charge for them to be practical.

Explanation: According to the Department of Energy, more than 80% of all EV charging is done at home. Another study by the Center for Automotive Research found that in 2018, “about 90% of U.S. EV owners charge at-home overnight.” Thus, the typical EV driver starts every day with a “full tank” and won’t need to worry about “filling up” at public electric car charging stations. 

There were 61,190 public charging points in more than 21,000 locations throughout the United States as of February 2019. Increasingly, DC fast charging stations—which can add 100 miles of range in barely more time than it would take to fill a gas tank—are coming online for the rare occasions that an EV driver does need to fuel up fast away from home or work.

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