Electric Car Charging Stations in Arkansas

There are 183 public electric car charging stations in Arkansas, with plans to expand under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program Formula.
Written by Mary Alice Morris
Reviewed by Brittni Brinn
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center says there are 183 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations open to the public in
Arkansas
, and the largest cluster is in Little Rock.
That number is slated to grow thanks to federal funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure initiative. This program will provide up to five billion dollars over the next five years for Arkansas to build up more charging stations. In the meantime, EV drivers can find public charging stations along the Interstates and a few other major highways. 
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Where to find electric vehicle charging stations in Arkansas

Before you set out to find the nearest EV charging station, you need to know a few things about the different charging ports available. Different charging levels will refuel your battery at different speeds, and some are more likely to charge a fee than others. 
Here are the EV charger types you can find in Arkansas:
  • Level 1: These are basically like 120-volt outlets. The charging time can be quite slow, sometimes taking over 24 hours, but it’s an acceptable choice for home charging or juicing up a plug-in hybrid while you work.
  • Level 2: These 220-volt chargers are much faster than Level 1 chargers. They can usually refuel an EV in eight hours or less.  
  • DC Fast Chargers: These produce anywhere from 200 to 600 volts, and can charge a car from 0 to 80% in as few as 30 minutes. 
  • Tesla Supercharger: The Tesla Supercharger is a Tesla-branded fast charger that often offers more ports per station. 
In Arkansas, most EV charging stations offer Level 2 chargers. There are 169 Level 2 charging stations throughout the state, providing 454 charging ports. There are no public Level 1 chargers in the state as of 2022, but there are 16 DC Fast Charger stations, including eight Tesla Supercharger locations.  
You can find a list and maps of Arkansas’ public EV charging locations at the
Alternative Fuels Data Center website
. The site also provides a tool to map a route and offers a national guide to alternative fuel corridors so you can plan longer trips. 

Arkansas cities with the most EV charging stations

By far, Little Rock has the highest number of public EV charging stations in the state, and most of them are free. But just about every region of Arkansas offers EV charging accessibility, with these cities leading the state: 
City
Total number of public charging stations
DCFC stations
Tesla stations
Free stations
Little Rock
90
70
1
65
Conway
32
0
0
30
North Little Rock
24
0
0
23
Bentonville
22
1
0
15
Fayetteville
16
0
0
6
Hot Springs
13
0
0
12
Jonesboro
6
0
1
0
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How much does it cost to charge an electric car in Arkansas?

As part of its tourism and travel appeal, Arkansas offers plenty of free EV charging stations in cities like Little Rock,
Conway
, and
Bentonville
. Many of the free chargers are Level 2 stations, which can charge an EV in four to 10 hours, and a PHEV in as little as one hour
But if you’re only able to get to a paid charging station, it’ll still cost you less than a fill-up at the traditional gas pump. If you hook your car up to a paid Level 1 charger, you could pay anywhere from $1.50 to $14 for a full charge
If you find yourself at a paid Level 2 station, the faster charge time will cost you more money. Depending on the vehicle you drive, you could pay $8 to $40 for a full Level 2 charge
And if you pay to use the most efficient type of EV charger, the DC Fast Charger, you can expect to pay an amount close to the $0.35/kWh national average.
However, beware—some fast charging stations charge per minute instead of kilowatt-hour, meaning what you pay could vary from station to station. 

Arkansas electric vehicle incentives

Although access to EV charging stations might seem a little limited right now, that’s bound to change as the state implements its strategy for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure plan.
Additionally, the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality offers a grant program to offer rebate funding for the construction of new Level 2 charging ports. Under this plan, rebates of up to $9,300 are available for:
  • Public chargers constructed by government entities.
  • Public chargers by non-government entities.
  • Private charging stations at workplaces.
  • Private charging stations at multi-unit habitations.
The state does not provide any incentives for buying an electric vehicle, but there’s a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 available, depending on the size of your battery. 
You also could qualify for a $250
Entergy power rebate
for installing a charging station at home.
MORE: Arkansas EV vehicle incentives
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