The Washington D.C. metro area is known for its legendary traffic snarls and unyielding congestion due to the city’s quirky geographic features. Driving around the city in any type of vehicle can be challenging, but when it comes to electric cars and charging stations the area is on the upswing. The Washington D.C. area offers more than 2,300 public EV charging stations, of which 246 are free.
EV charging infrastructure has always been robust in the Washington D.C. area, which also includes Alexandria and Arlington. In the first three years of EV charging station deployment from 2011 - 2013, Washington D.C. added more than 440 charging stations. Growth is continuing. The area recorded more than 30% growth for new charging stations in 2019 (yr/yr), with 511 new units added in 2019.
Like many other cities or metro areas, DC fast chargers are part of this growth profile. Washington D.C has more than 340 DC Fast Chargers, 172 of which are Tesla Superchargers.
Specifically, the North Bethesda and Rockville stations are only four miles apart and are classified as Tesla commuter charging stations with 72 kW power ratings. The area is known for condominium living by many young professionals and a hotbed for new Tesla owners.
While there are numerous DC fast charging units at 72 kw in the Washington D.C. area, Electrify America offers 150 and 350 kW charging stations at the Target Store in Falls Church and other locations in the metro area. EVgo and its Nissan “No Charge to Charge program” provides 50 kW charging stations with CHadDEMO connections at multiple locations in Washington D.C.
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria Charging Stats
2,693 Total Stations
266 Free Stations
264 New Stations (90 days)
467 Fast Chargers
173 CHAdeMO Plugs
236 CCS Plugs
1,675 J-1772 Plugs
Top Charging Networks in Washington-Arlington-Alexandria
SemaConnect 477 stations
ChargePoint 324 stations
Supercharger 216 stations
Tesla Destination 167 stations
Grocery and Retail Stores with EV Charging in the Washington D.C. Area
Grocery and retail stores have evolved quite rapidly over the last 10 years and are now attracting customers for longer durations with cafe, pharmacy and dine-in options. The Washington D.C. metro area has more than 1,900 EV charging stations associated with shopping and grocery stores. To view these stores with EV charging stations, visit PlugShare.com and apply the “grocery” and “shopping” filters, alon with the “payment requirement locations” option.
Below are the top-ranked grocery and retail stores with charging stations in the Washington D.C. Area:
Pricing for charging varies at grocery and retail locations, so be sure to check PlugShare.com for recent pricing and comments about charging health.
Hotels with EV Charging Stations in the Washington D.C. Area
Searching for a hotel with EV charging stations in the Washington D.C metro area? Well, there are more than 650 EV charging stations at numerous hotel locations throughout the Washington D.C. area on PlugShare.com. To view hotels with charging options, apply the “lodging” and “payment required locations” filters. Also visit PlugShare’s EV Trip Planner if traveling to the Washington D.C. area to help organize your charging stops and hotel accommodations.
Below are some of the top-ranked hotels for electric vehicle charging stations, using our community-based PlugScore ratings system, below:
Public Parking with EV Charging in the Washington D.C. Area
Looking for public parking with EV charging in Washington D.C.? PlugShare reveals more than 1,500 EV Charging Stations in the Washington D.C./Arlington/Alexandria area designated with EV parking. Below are the some of the best reviewed EV parking lots in the area:
Washington D.C. has 172 Tesla Superchargers, as well as 167 Tesla Destination Chargers. There are more than 1,800 charging stations in Washington D.C. that can charge a Tesla. If you are looking to charge a Tesla S, 3, X, Y or Roadster while in Washington D.C., follow these steps:
If you’re traveling to Washington D.C. in a Tesla, be sure to check out our Tesla Trip Planner to locate hotels and possible restaurant destinations while using a Tesla charging station. Below are top-ranked hotels in the Washington D.C. area with Tesla charging stations:
The easiest way to view all charging stations compatible with your vehicle in Washington D.C. is to register for PlugShare and add the make and model of your electric vehicle to your profile. PlugShare will automatically tailor the map for charging connections compatible with your car. Here are some high level stats of charging stations by vehicle. To register, click here.
1,839 Tesla Model 3 charging stations in the Washington D.C. area
1,839 Tesla Model S charging stations in the Washington D.C. area
1,839 Tesla Model X charging stations in the Washington D.C. area
1,839 Tesla Model Y charging stations in the Washington D.C. area
1,601 Nissan Leaf charging stations in the Washington D.C. area
1,634 BMW i3 charging stations in the Washington D.C. area
1,634 Chevrolet Bolt charging stations in the Washington D.C. area
List of Top Locations with EV Charging Stations
Walmart Locations in the Washington D.C. Area with EV Charging Stations