75% of All CHAdeMO Quick Chargers Come From Nissan, ABB or Fuji Electric

JUL 24 2013 BY MARK KANE 13

When we look a little closer at CHAdeMO quick-charge manufacturers, we start to see some interesting stuff, including this: nearly 3 out 4 CHAdeMO chargers comes from one of these three companies – Nissan, ABB or Fuji Electric.

To date, the number of CHAdeMO points exceed 2,700, of which well over half are located in Japan.

One of 400 Nissan QC for Europe

One of 400 Nissan QC for Europe

Recently, Nissan informed us that by March, 2013, 800 DC chargers were installed by dealers in Japan. We assume that all of these are Nissan devices.

Nissan also promised to set up 400 units in Europe and we believe that most of them (if not all) are already in place.  Another several dozen of the Nissan chargers can be found in US.  So, the total number of Nissan chargers easily exceeds 1,000.

Second place in the rankings belongs to ABB –  with around 600 CHAdeMO chargers installed and hundreds more to come – for example in Netherlands.

Fuji Electric 25 kW CHAdeMO charger

Fuji Electric 25 kW CHAdeMO charger

Third place seems to be held by Japan’s Fuji Electric Corporation, who by April 2013 installed over 350 CHAdeMO chargers. And now, just like ABB, they have assembly line for these units in the US.

These three companies likely delivered over 2,000 units, which is about 75% of all the CHAdeMO chargers in the world.

We also know that AeroVironment and ECOtality produced and installed some in the US.  Combined, their efforts probably resulted in up to 200 CHAdeMO charger installs.  So, for all of the rest of the 40 or so charger manufacturers in the world, there remains only a few hundred CHAdeMO units to have been installed or less than 20% of the market.

It’ll be interesting to see how the “quick-charge” market shapes up in the next few years, especially with Tesla Motors installing more and more superchargers and the SAE Combo Charger hitting the stage.

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Hey Zilm,

It looks ok to me…what are you seeing that is wrong?

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Yeah, I have had that problem too. It got really annoying. I figured some other software or site hacked my browser so that it would take me to that site every time I tried to go to insideevs.com. Fortunately I was able to fix it. Turns out if you delete your cookies and cache from the browser you are using it will get rid of that problem.

The Leaf may very well be the EV I trade my Volt in for in December because of the fast growing CHAdeMO charging infrastructure here on the east coast.

With all the other ‘plug-in’ auto manufacturers like Chevy, Cadillac, Ford, BMW, VW, Porsche, Audi, etc all using the SAE Combo Charger, and their combined sales over the next year quickly dwarfing that of the Leaf, Nissan’s single plug-in vehicle, there will be a rapid shift to the SAE Combo Charger nationwide.

With plug-in hybrids using public charging at a higher rate than full EVs, by Chevy adding the Combo Charger as an option for the Volt alone would make Combo Charging vehicles dominant in the US. It’s already set to be an option for the Spark EV and BMW i3 and i8 for 2014. Which means Combo Charging should be coming to the Ford Focus Electric, C-MAX Energi and Fusion Energi as an option.

What should happen is that for the current CHAdeMO stations to be profitable or be used at all, they will become duel Combo/CHAdeMO charging stations, or convert to Combo Charging stations through the transition to the US standard. Right now they are like gas station pumps that only offer Diesel.

Complying with SAE standard, the new combined AC and DC charging was developed by various suppliers including ABB, Aker Wade, Eaton and IES.

What planet are you living in?

NONE right now is using SAE CCS, in any variant, shape or form. And as, besides making for a possible smaller charge-port cover, it offers only drawbacks compared to CHAdeMO, I see no reason why this would change much in the future.

There are some 3000 public quick-charging locations worldwide (not sure about China, so not counting them in this tally). A dozen or so are Tesla’s. The rest, all of them, are CHAdeMO.
Again Tesla model S 85 aside, all DC-quick-charge-capable passenger vehicles on the road (heck, even motorcycles, thank you Zero) use CHAdeMO.

Not surprisingly, all charging station operators (Chargepoint, eVgo, Aerovironmnent…) are installing CHAdeMO only — no point wasting $$ trying to support vaporware.
Funnier still, at least in the US, those providers use either Japanese chargers (Nissan/Sumitomo, Fuji) or Aerovironmnent’s, for which it is pretty damn unlikely that a CCS add-on option will ever exist.

The DC-fast charging standards war is currently the worst thing happening in EVs. It is retarding progress in EVs. It would be so much better if there were a single standard that everyone used. 🙁

Well, there are currently exactly two DC quick-charge standards in use: CHAdeMO and Tesla (plus BYD’s own stuff in China, but I don’t know how wide-spread it is). If you define standard as something blessed by the IEC, then there’s only one.

Indeed, slowing down EVs, and/or more specifically Japanese manufacturers, by instilling FUD, was IMHO exactly SAE’s point. Fortunately it’s only been partially successful at that in the US — Nissan has made their intentions clear, the Leaf continues to sell well, Mitsubishi and Kia have some cool stuff in the works, CHAdeMO QCs continue to get installed, maybe not at the pace they otherwise might but apparently enough for many: e.g. see Airton’s post above.

This “Top Three” survey seems specific to CHAdeMO EVSE infrastructure in Europe. Can you give us the EVSE stats for Asia and North America?

One thing I find significant is the number of 25-30 KWh EVSE deployed in Japan (where 1700 of 2700 CHAdeMO EVSE stations are deployed). While cost of quick charge equipment is not significantly different relative to 50-60 kWh units, the instillation cost is substantially lower. (Due to avoiding expensive 480V – high-amp power service upgrades/deployments). Expenses related to EVSE are site specific; thus a hurtle to many businesses considering hosting a quick-charge station.

Charge times using 25-30 kWh EVSE are not much longer than the higher amp’d versions due to rate of charging profile for quick charging.