Massachusetts: Boston Is One Of The Top Cities For EV Charging
The state of Massachusetts has been at the forefront of clean energy initiatives for a few years now. This of course includes urban mobility plans aimed to encourage electric vehicles. In a recent report by Route Fifty, Boston was named as a top state when it comes to EV charging stations available.
Back in 2022 the state released energy and climate plans that target long-term goals that extend out to 2025 and 2030. The state described it as “the Commonwealth’s plans for 2025 and 2030 that maximize the ability to realize a 2050 future in which the heat in homes, power in vehicles, and electric grid can all operate with a minimum reliance on fossil fuels, and natural and working lands can be protected from conversion and better managed and restored to enhance carbon sequestration.”
Two years later, we are off to a good start. In fact, you may notice many top-brand car dealerships in your area have lots filled with EV and hybrid vehicle. Take Chrysler Jeep for example. All of those Wranglers you are seeing that have the blue tow-hooks and light blue accents are branded that way to show they are hybrid vehicles.
“The Jeep brand certainly saw a strong demand for PHEV in last year – in fact, the 2023 Jeep Wrangler 4xe was named America’s Best-Selling Plug-In Hybrid in 2022,” Kelly Automotive Group explained. Kelly Automotive is one of the largest dealership chains in the state, owning and operating eight different dealerships.
Charge It Up
Route Fifty estimates that Boston has 1,111 residents per car charger. ChargeHub states there are 1,102 charging station ports in the city. 40% of them offer free charging. Combined with another New England market, Manchester, New Hampshire, Route Fifty says there are over 5,000 chargers within all the stations and ports in these area. This ranks the Boston / Manchester cluster as the city with the third most for EV charging stations. This is only behind Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.