What Are America’s Most EV-Friendly University?


This month a whole new class of undergraduates began classes at American universities from coast to coast, and many institutions of higher education are on the cutting edge of electric car adoption. While you should never base your school choice on something as silly as the number of EV charging stations, it’s still worth asking which university is the most EV-friendly?

A study by Chargepoint found that over the past year, the number of EV charging stations at universities increased about 35%, rising from 838 to 1,134 over the past twelve months. Its been four years since Chargepoint installed its first charging station at Pasadena City College, and now EV drivers across America have access to more charging stations than ever.

It should come as no surprise that America’s most EV-friendly college campus is located in California, specifically the University of California at Davis. With 38 charging stations on its campus, it has more Chargepoint EV stations than any other American University, which isn’t surprising given that there are over 100,000 plug-in cars on California’s roads. The top 5 universities for EV charging stations are as follows:

  • University of California at Davis: 38
  • Towson University, Maryland: 36
  • Santa Clara University, California: 26
  • Western Michigan University: 22
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology: 21

I myself live down the street from my alma mater, Central Connecticut State University, and they recently installed their first two public charging stations. These institutions have a chance to expose young Americans to electric cars before they get out into the world and comfortable with paying the ever-growing costs of owning a car. The more charging stations on university campuses, the better.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.