It’s getting better in the case of new housing
The 2017 American Housing Survey reveals that about two-thirds (66%) of all occupied housing units in the U.S. had a garage or carport. That’s good news as a lot of consumers who are willing to use plug-in cars will have an easy opportunity to charge at home (often there is access to electricity).
Current plug-in electric car market share in the U.S. is just about 2% (2018).
The situation is improving as newer housing has a higher share of garage or carport:
- 2-5 years old: 72%
- less than 2 years old: 74%
The share varies depending on region too.
“The West and Midwest regions of the country had a greater percentage of housing with garages or carports, each with 75% or greater. For rental housing units, only 39% had a garage/carport, as compared to 81% for housing units that are owned by the residents.”
“Note: A housing unit is a house, apartment, group of rooms, or single room occupied or intended for occupancy as separate living quarters.
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2017 American Housing Survey, AHS Table Creator, Accessed September 23, 2018.”