199,000 DC Fast Chargers to be Installed Worldwide by 2020


It’s a prediction…a lofty one, but let’s hope it turns out to be true.

A Public Fast Charging Space In Japan Awaits A Customer

A Public Fast Charging Space In Japan Awaits A Customer

IHS Automotive says that by 2020, 199,000 DC fast chargers will be installed worldwide.

That’s quite the projection when you consider that there were only approximately 1,800 fast charger globally in 2012.

Other IHS predictions include that the number of fast chargers installed worldwide will be 5,900 by the end of 2013 and 15,200 by the end of 2014.


Alastair Hayfield, associate research director at IHS Automotive, has this to say of fast charging:

“The length of time it takes to recharge an EV continues to be one of the major stumbling blocks inhibiting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. Compared to the time it takes to refuel an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, the recharge time for EVs is incredibly slow—at about four hours to charge a 24 kilowatt-hour (kWh)-capacity battery using a 6.6 kW on-board charger. If EV auto manufacturers could overcome this obstacle, it could lead to a high rate of adoption from environmentally minded consumers as well as those seeking to cut gasoline expenses. That’s where fast charging comes in.”

“IHS believes fast charging is a necessary step to promote higher adoption of EVs, but there will need to also be better consumer education regarding behavioral changes that may need to happen when owning an electric vehicle—such as charging overnight or at work.”

CHAdeMO or CCS?  To that, IHS says it’s not yet clear which one will win in the long run, but thinks that CCS will be utilized more since it supports slow-charging too.

Source: IHS Automotive via Green Car Congress

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7 Comments on "199,000 DC Fast Chargers to be Installed Worldwide by 2020"

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yeah, right.

I doubt the fast charging infrastructure is as strong as many organizations/people think. For the most part a push by Nissan to initiate/buy fast charging in an effort to sell more EVs has created the bulk of what we have today on a worldwide scale.

The problem with the new CCS standard, although superior in almost everyway, is that the automakers that ‘support’ it (GM, BMW, VW, Ford, etc.) don’t actually buy and install them…and that is a big problem as you look around the landscape for CCS EVSEs.

Unless local governments start getting into the business of building out fast charging themselves, its probably not going to get anywhere close to 200k in the next 6 years…as there is no business case (@ 20K+ a pop) as a third party. And as ranges increase the need/frequency use of these chargers will diminish as a percentage of vehicle utilization over time.


Is that a real BMW i3 fast charge port? The “AC” portion doesn’t look compatible with J1772’s AC charging standard. Or perhaps this is one from across the pond?

It’s from across the pond.

I’d rather see that many Tesla Supercharger stations worldwide and have other car manufacturer adopt the Tesla plug. (In this case smaller is better)


“[IHS] thinks that CCS will be utilized more since it supports slow-charging too.”

Er… what? If this comment is in any way representative their level of understanding of the situation, I’m not exactly optimistic about the pertinence of the rest of their assessment.

While the vehicles’ CCS *inlets* support AC and DC, the *plug* used by quick-chargers (the one with extra pins, aka Frankenplug, as pictured above) will only fit quick-charge-capable cars.

To support slower-charging vehicles as well, a CCS station would require a second, separate J1772/Mennekes hose and plug… exactly like what we have today with CHAdeMO — and in this latter case, the plug is smaller and the same worldwide at least.

The Mennekes CCS quick charge plug already seems to be obsolete, as Tesla seems to have already figured out a way to run their SuperChargers through the Mennekes port without the extra two contacts. I wonder where the IP stands on that?