Record Growth for Number of Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Georgia Last Year
Installations surge 29% as 650 new stations were added in 2019.
The increase is significant because more public charging locations means EV drivers in Georgia can travel with less worry that their batteries will run out of power before they reach their destinations, a phenomenon the EV industry calls "range anxiety."
According to PlugShare, more EV chargers should also pave the way for solid local growth of new EV sales in 2020. "Our surveys of drivers tell us that range anxiety is one of the biggest reasons new car buyers skip EVs for gas vehicles," according to PlugShare Chief Strategy Officer, Norman Hajjar. "The cure for range anxiety is more public charging, and Georgia's charger growth should attract many potential EV buyers who are currently sitting on the sidelines."
While most of the growth came from conventional "Level 2" charging stations that can take hours to fully charge a typical EV, 2019 also saw sizeable growth in extremely high powered "ultra-fast chargers" from Tesla and the Electrify America network, able to complete a charge in well under an hour.
An interactive site listing all public charging in Georgia can be found at https://www.plugshare.com/