Broader U.S. electric vehicle (EV) adoption will demand significantly upgraded home-charging capacity – as about 80 percent of EV charging is done at home. Unfortunately, public charging today is a slow and cumbersome alternative for many American EV drivers – while home EV charging eliminates the burden of charging in the wild, maximizing the experience of EV use.
Many older, non-renovated American homes, however, lack the capacity to accommodate Level 2 charging and other electrification technologies, and will need to have their electrical panels upgraded or implement load shedding technology to do so.
As seen by the accompanying table, newly released customer survey data from Qmerit – North America’s leading installer of home and business EV chargers and other electrification technologies – shows that such older homes are more concentrated in the Northeast, Midwest and West. The Northeast, unsurprisingly, leads the pack with the highest concentration of older homes.
Conversely, newer homes – those more ready to accommodate faster chargers — tend to be in the South.
In the Northeast, 69% of homes were built before 2000, 60% in the Midwest, and about 59% in the West. Just 40% of homes in the South were built before 2000.
The data is derived from the Qmerit EV Home Charging Assessment, surveying over 60,000 customers in 2021, 2022, and 2023.
The new data can help inform the marketplace as it allocates resources to accelerate the transition to EVs and other clean energy technologies.
Qmerit’s newly established Electrification Institute (EI) released the data. The EI is designed to educate consumers and businesses, through various means, on the urgent need for greener transportation and energy technologies and a more decentralized, clean-energy grid.
The EI plans to issue a white paper later this year that will address these same issues and provide more details on the data released today.
Qmerit is North America’s leading provider of implementation solutions for EV charging and other energy transition technologies, simplifying electrification adoption for residential and business markets. Qmerit’s value-driven services are delivered through a network of company-owned contractors, independent Certified Solutions Partners, and Certified Installers skilled in system implementation and integration. Qmerit partners with top automakers from the U.S., Europe and Asia. It boasts high customer experience (NPS) scores well above the industry average. For more information, visit https://qmerit.com/, and connect on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.