Fact #665: March 7, 2011
Garage Availability for Plug-in Vehicles
According to the 2009 American Housing Survey, two-thirds of all housing units in the U.S. have a garage or carport. The access to electricity that a garage or carport may provide is important for the light vehicle manufacturers who are selling or planning to sell electric vehicles or plug-in hybrid vehicles. The good news for those manufacturers is that 82.3% of newly constructed housing units (4 years old or less) have a garage or carport. Those living in manufactured housing/mobile homes are the least likely to have a garage or carport.
Note: New construction is any housing unit that is 4 years old or less.
A housing unit is a house, apartment, group of rooms, or single room occupied or intended for occupancy as separate living quarters. Group quarters, such as orphanages, nursing homes, dormitories, and military barracks are not included.
|Number of housing units (Millions)||Share of units with a garage or carport|
|New Construction (4 years old or less)||4.8||82.3%|
|All Housing Units||111.8||66.4%|
Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2009 American Housing Survey, Table 2-7.