Are electric car charging stations accessible at WV?
CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With gas prices hitting all-time highs in West Virginia, electric cars are looking more and more attractive, but does owning one really make sense in our relatively rural state?
A recent study by Forbes Advisor said West Virginia is one of the top five states with most accessible electric car charging, but the study only bases the ranking on two factors and omits factors that seem pretty important if you’re deciding whether a electric car makes sense in the region.
According to the Forbes study, West Virginia is the fifth best state for access to electric car charging. This ranking is based solely on the number of charging stations versus the number of current electric cars in the state. The study determined that for every 6.38 electric cars in West Virginia there is one charging point, which seems like a lot compared to New Jersey, where there is only one charging station for every 46 cars. .
But would you actually be able to travel efficiently in West Virginia using an electric car? According to data from the US Department of Energy, there are approximately 80 electric vehicle charging stations in West Virginia. By comparison, there are well over 100 in the Pittsburgh metro alone and several hundred in Washington, D.C.
Most West Virginia train stations are along freeways, with multi-station clusters around Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Morgantown, Wheeling, and Martinsburg. The recent addition of electric car charging at nine state parks in West Virginia has also increased the number and accessibility of electric car charging. Traveling along West Virginia’s major highways, the longest distance you would have to travel between stations is from Parkersburg to Clarksburg on Route 50, which is just over 70 miles and approximately one hour and 15 minutes from driving, or from Sutton to Ansted near Fayetteville, which is nearly 60 miles and just over an hour’s drive.
Getting to charging stations in the mountains near Randolph, Tucker, Pocahantas, and Pendleton counties can be a little harder to reach due to windier roads. Going from the Blackwater Falls recharge station to the Snowshoe Mountain station would take about two hours and over 90 miles of driving.
But these estimates do not take into account whether the charging stations have the right connector for your car and whether they are accessible to the public. Many charging stations in West Virginia are private, such as those at car dealerships.
How often do eclectic cars need to be charged?
The distance a car can travel depends on the model. More expensive options like Telsa, Mercedes, Porche and BMW go over 300 miles on a single charge. More affordable electric cars like the Nissan Leaf go around 150 miles on a charge.
For everyday use and commuting, electric cars only need to be charged once every few days, and most people could add a charge to their garage or home. For someone traveling or vacationing in West Virginia with an electric vehicle, you may need to plan your route around where you can stop to charge.
Why was West Virginia ranked so high by Forbes?
In California, there are 13,628 charging stations, but in the Forbes rankings, it was in the bottom five for charging accessibility simply because there are so many more electric cars than West Virginia. Similarly, New Jersey was ranked last because it has a lot of electric cars compared to fewer charging stations, 659. However, New Jersey is geographically much smaller than West Virginia, so the longest distance between charging stations in New Jersey is about an hour, which is actually closer than fifth-ranked West Virginia.
West Virginia’s high ranking by Forbes only indicates that West Virginia has a good ability to handle the electric cars already on the road. It doesn’t have the ability for most West Virginians to easily access stations or the ability to manage a full switchover to electricity in the state, as a health study recommends. ‘American Lung Association.
Find a charging station in North Central West Virginia
The following list contains both public and private charging locations, so exercise caution when heading to any of these locations for a charge. 12 News visited the Gillum House Bed and Breakfast charging station in Shinnston and couldn’t even find the charging location.
- Harry Green Chevrolet – 1858 E Pike St, Clarksburg, WV 26301
- Harley Davidson – 2260 Murphys Run Road, Bridgeport, WV 26330
- Mountaineer World – 166 Barnett Run Rd, Bridgeport, WV 26330
- Bed and Breakfast Gillum House – 35 Walnut St, Shinnston, WV 26431
- Sheetz – 1000 Fairmont Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554
- Sheetz – 21 Asturias Lane, Morgantown, WV 26508
- University Motor – 58 Don Knotts Blvd, Morgantown, WV 26508
- Sheetz – 1901 Earl L Core Road, Morgantown, WV 26505
- Morgantown Farmers Market – 415 Spruce St, Morgantown, WV 26501
- Joe Defazio Oil – 49 Red Dog Way, Westover, WV 26501
- Liberty Kia – 601 Mary Jane Wood Circle, Morgantown, WV 26501
- Downtown University – 325 Granville Square, Morgantown, WV 26501
- Black Bear Village – 380 Richard Harrison Road, Morgantown, WV 26501
- Premium Chevrolet Buick GMC – 5392 University Town Center Dr, Morgantown, WV 26501
- Premier Nissan – 5394 University Town Center Dr, Morgantown, WV 26501
- Harley Davidson – 7300 Willie G Ave, Westover, WV 26501
- Tygart Lake State Park – 1240 Paul E Malone Rd in Grafton, WV 26354
- Sheetz – 39 Berlin Road, Weston, WV 26452
- Stonewall Resort – 940 Resort Drive, Roanoke, WV 26447
- West Virginia Wesleyan College – 59 College Ave, Buckhannon, WV 26201
- Blackwater Falls State Park – 1584 Blackwater Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260
- Canaan Valley Resort – 230 Main Lodge Rd, Davis, WV 26260
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