Study Shows Youngstown Region, Ohio Lags Behind National Average for EV Chargers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – A new study from shows that the Mahoning Valley is well behind the national average when it comes to the availability of electric-vehicle charging ports.

According to the study, the Youngstown metro area – including western Pennsylvania — boasts one charger for every 7,375 residents, or 223.5% below the national average of 2,280 residents per charger, the organization reported in a news release.  The study shows there are 75 Level 2 and Level 3 chargers in the region.

For Tesla drivers, the region registered one charger for every 17,842 residents, or 60.4% below the national average of 11,124 residents per Tesla charger, according to the study.  There are 31 of those in the region, the study said.

Ohio is ranked 32nd among the 50 states relative to EV charging availability, with one charger for every 4,163 residents, the study shows.  The report noted that Ohio lists a total of 2,824 chargers across the state. 

The study also noted that Ohio is home to 437 Tesla chargers, one for every 26,902 residents in the state.

iSeeCars analyzed the national EV charging infrastructure to determine which cities and states offer the best and worst electric vehicle charging support for  owners looking to plug into public chargers.

The analysis considered both Level 2 and Level 3 chargers, and also evaluated the Tesla and non-Tesla networks separately. The numbers in the study reflect how many charging ports are available, not the number of charging stations, which could include multiple ports.

Among the other findings of the study include:

  • San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose is the most EV-friendly metro area and St. Louis, MO is the least EV-friendly
  • Vermont is the most EV-friendly state overall, while Mississippi is the least
  • The national average is one EV charger for every 2,280 U.S. residents
  • For Level 3 fast chargers, there is one for every 11,602 U.S. residents

“Many drivers are on the verge of making their first EV purchase,” said Karl Brauer, executive analyst at iSeeCars. “Consumers looking to switch from gasoline to electric power should consider their local charging equipment options to understand how many potential electric vehicle owners they may be competing with, both today and in the near future.”

The full study can be found HERE.

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