From cars to motorcycles, and fire trucks to charging stations, Wisconsin has a key role in the development of electric vehicles.

Moreover, the number of EVs on the state’s roadways, although still barely a blip on the radar screen, has risen steadily in recent years — fueled by growth from Madison and the Milwaukee suburbs.

There were 7,521 electric vehicles registered in Wisconsin as of mid-2021, according to the most recent figures from the state Department of Transportation. That was up 156% from 2018 and more than eight times higher than in 2016. Around 60% of the EVs were registered in Dane, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, and Racine counties.

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