The map below shows the current locations of EV charging stations according to the US Dept of Energy's Alternative Fuel Station Locator. Please contact us if you are aware of a public charging site not shown on the map. Sites can take several weeks to appear after opening due to the verification process.
Some of these public charging stations are currently free to use, but many require payment. Our charging station data feed does not currently include pricing information, so EV drivers are encouraged to check one of the alternative sources of information below before planning a visit, particularly for EV charging equipment on the ChargePoint, EVgo, SemaCharge or Greenlots networks (which will show in the station details pop-up on the map below). Some charging stations that are close together on the map may be hard to distinguish, so we recommend zooming in to your destination to confirm the location and number of charging ports.
If you are traveling to Canada you will want to check out The Electric Circuit and Flo Network for charging on your journey. These networks also have smart phone apps that can be used to start a charging session if you do not have an access card with you.
Other Charging Maps
Plugshare is another very popular source of information on charging stations, with users able to provide feedback on their charging experiences and plan for charging on trips through the smartphone app and website. ChargePoint also has a smartphone application which can show real time availablity of charging stations on their network. Errors and omissions may exist in any of these sources.
Our current map of charging does not include information on plug types available at specific locations. This is especially important for non-Tesla DC Fast Charging which can offer plugs for CHAdeMO and/or SAE Combined Charging System. We strongly recommend checking PlugShare for plug types available and any recent check-ins before relying on a DC Fast Charging location.
EV drivers are always encouraged to plan ahead and know where alternative charging station options may exist.
Level 1/2 Chargers
Tips and Tools for EV Owners
- The main rule of parking at EV charging stations is that you should only be there when you are plugged in and actively charging your vehicle. Most EV drivers can use built-in apps to send a notification when charging is finished to know when to move.
- If you are going to be plugged in at a charging station for a long time and are ok with someone else unplugging your vehicle, you can leave a note on your dash or use one of these cards to let other drivers know when it is ok to unplug your EV. It is generally not a good idea to unplug someone else's vehicle without prior permission - they might need a charge to get home, vehicle alarms can go off, and in some cases you may even damage the plug connector if it is locked to the vehicle.
- When you leave a station please make sure the cord is hanging so it doesn't get dirty or damaged on the ground (especially true in winter when plows may snag cords).
- If you encounter a malfunctioning charger please call it in to the station owner and check-in on PlugShare to get the equipment owner notified of the need for repairs and alert other EV drivers. If the charging location does not have a phone number posted you can contact us and we'll try to track down the owner to let them know of the problem.
- If a gasoline powered car, also known as an internal combustion engine (ICE) car, is parked in an EV charging station space (known as getting "ICE’d"), then consider leaving a polite note requesting they avoid parking there in the future.
Solar Charging for Electric Vehicles
Reduce your charging costs and bring net carbon emissions near zero by installing photovoltaic solar panels (PV) with your EV charging equipment. If you consider that the average EV gets close to 3 miles to the kilowatt hour and the average Vermonter will drive it a little over 12,000 miles a year, most people will need to install around a 4kW system to cancel out the electricity demands of their vehicle. You can check the suitability of your property for a solar installation with the Vermont Energy Atlas.
A number of tax incentives and rebates are available at the state and federal level that can bring the cost of PV installations down considerably. If the upfront cost of installing solar is more than you are able to put down, solar financing and leasing programs are great options for bringing your emissions down and guaranteeing your electricity prices stay constant in the future.
In many cases, the monthly payment amount for financing new solar PV is around the same amount you would have paid your electric utility for the same energy needs. Learn more at Renewable Energy Vermont's Solar Consumer Guide.
Want More Information?
Learn more about solar energy and other options for offsetting EV energy usage with renewables contact a certified installer listed on the website of Renewable Energy Vermont.