Florida may be the eighth least accessible state to charge an electric vehicle, but Sarasota County dollar that trend statewide.
Based on new research from Forbes Advisor, the ratio of electric cars to single charging stations in the state is 23.92, which is between Oregon (25.30) and Texas (23.88). There are 58,160 registered electric vehicles, the second most among all states, and 2,431 charging stations in Florida. In fact, last year 3% of all cars sold in Florida were electric.
But the relatively low number of charging stations is a cause for concern.
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Sarasota County ranks second in the state in electric vehicles per capita, demonstrating the need for charging stations in the area. And despite poor numbers statewide, the county is a leader when it comes to access to charging stations.
Currently, there are 19 Sarasota-owned charging stations in the district, with 30 ports available through those charging stations. In total there are 138 public charging stations in the province, 115 of which are free to use.
Sara Kane, supervisor of the sustainability program for the county’s UF/IFAS Expansion Office, believes the use of electric vehicles in Sarasota will only increase.
“Right now, with gas prices so high, I think a lot of people want to know more about that and how to switch to a more fuel-efficient vehicle,” Kane said.
The need for charging stations in the province was initially met through subsidy through the Department of Energy and the Pollution Recovery Act, with current nationwide initiatives including the To upload! discount program† That program offers discounts to local businesses, nonprofits and governments when they install charging stations.
To balance the proportion of charging stations across the province, 30% of the ChargeUP! funds are focused on installing charging stations in southern Sarasota County.
In addition, the Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act allocates $29 million (of a total of $5 billion) for electric charging stations in Florida. Kane said the county is still determining exactly where charging stations should be installed with that money.
The next steps include “getting together with other people in the area, other cities, towns, community members, to identify location needs and maybe even do some sort of research that would allow us to identify those areas where we need to install charging stations”. ‘ said Kane.
Kane also said the county is offering classes on charging infrastructure and types of electric cars, both online and in person, for any residents or groups (such as neighborhood associations) who want to learn more about electric vehicles.
She said her requests for presentations have increased significantly over the past six months.
Manatee County currently only has: 25 public charging stations Bill Logan, manager of the County Information Outreach, said the county does not have a specific department dedicated to installing and financing electric charging stations.