CCS Closes Out 2018 With Roughly 6,000 DC Fast Chargers In Europe

DEC 31 2018 BY MARK KANE 23

More than 5 new CCS chargers are installed each day.

More than 2,000 CCS Combo DC fast chargers were installed in the past year in Europe, which means that there are now over 50% more places to charge CCS compatible cars.

According to the CCS Charge Map, overall there are now 5,981 CCS chargers in Europe (compared to about 8,000 CHAdeMO) and new ones are installed an at average pace of 5.6 per day (compared to the long-term average of 3.5 per day since mid-2014).

Most of the CCS chargers are 20 to 50 kW, but most recently we note growing number of 100, 175 or even 350 kW chargers.

A significant characteristic of CCS Combo locations are that they are often also multi-standard chargers, with both CHAdeMO and/or 3-phase AC type 2 along for the ride.

According to the map, currently around 90% of the CCS chargers (almost 5,373) were confirmed as available 24/7.

Number of CCS chargers installed in Europe – December 31, 2018

Top 5 countries with the highest number of CCS Combo chargers installed:

  1. Germany – 1,491
  2. UK – 1,106
  3. Norway – 548
  4. France – 544
  5. Sweden – 367

To show support for further infrastructure expansion it’s worth considering turning a fridge into a charger:

Fastned fridge

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23 Comments on "CCS Closes Out 2018 With Roughly 6,000 DC Fast Chargers In Europe"

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Those are charging locations, not the amount of chargers. There are 500+ CCS-chargers in the Netherlands.

maybe, but just clicking around on a number of those sites, all of them had just 1 CCS plug (and a chademo).
Too bad that Tesla did not get a connection on that as well.

But Model 3s will be able to charge at them. I don’t understand why Tesla does not make an adapter for DC charging from CCS for Models S & X. Should be easy, is there an aftermarket adapter?

No. Tesla’s architecture is quite similar to ChaDeMo. That’s why an adapter was easy. Tesla to CCS requires electronics that would be way too big and too expensive for an adapter. The Model 3s likely have that circuitry built into the charger that is inside the car.

Tesla recently confirmed that they’ll provide CCS adapter for S and X. So it is coming.

The electronics are about the size of two stacked dimes.

We are europeans… We do not know the size of a dime. You could have said “yay big” and it would have been as meaningful to us.

There will be such an adapter soonish for S and X.

Teslas choice.

But they have annoounced that adapter already.
Or was it Elon?

and CCS is the SAE US standard, while CHAdeMO is the Japan Asia standard. Like Beta and VHS one wins and it looks like CCS. Even Tesla has a type like that in Europe.

Like wall plugs, there’s a different standard based on location.

Since when are Morocco and Egypt part of Europe?
They are clearly on the African Continent.

However, this is good news and will only get better.
I hope this silences those critics who say that only a manufacturer can supply a comprehensive charging network.

Except for „Fastned“ in Europe only „Ionity“ (backed by car manufactures) provides a decent super fast charging network of 150-350kw in the future and by the end of 2019 it will be quite good. Besides them not so many 100kw+ chargers are installed and nobody needs 50kw chargers anymore because they’re just to slow for big batteries. (Maybe only at grocery stores or shopping centers and so on)

What is with Alego? There are others as well. Also you don’t need a network you simply need chargers. If they are operated by individual parties so much the better.

It’s not only Fastned and Ionity. Fortum, Enel, Germany’s Telekom, even Shell are getting on.

Looking at the linked map of my home country (Finland), there are a lot of chargers missing (at least one third). So the actual numbers are even better!

Anyhow, for more up to date information about charging network, I think it is best to use PlugShare.

Finland seems to be doing pretty well with respect to population.

How many are 150 kW or higher? I didn’t see an easy way to filter for that on the map.

150 kW charging is what I consider to be ‘good enough’ to road trip easily now. Approximately 20 minutes of charging gets you get around 50 kWh, enough for nearly 200 miles of reasonably fast highway driving. Plus 20 minute turn over on each charger means that a 150 kW charging facility can charge a lot more cars per hour over a 75 kW charging station. Or at least it will when most BEV’s can charge at 150 kW or more.
The funny thing is that just a year ago my standard on what was ‘acceptable’ for fast charging was just 75 kW.
Do we need 750+ kW charging stations to enable 4-5 minute charging sessions for 200 miles of AER? I don’t think so, but some think that we need DCFC’ers to match the speed of gasoline fueling. I think 400-500 kW will be fast enough, balancing convenience for the drivers with the complexity, cost and the heavy draw from the grid. But I wonder if I will still think that in 3 or 4 years. More importantly, what will 80% of the car buying public demand in 3 to 4 years?

Read in the paper that is not really much talked about and I found it to be interesting. It said that Scandinavian countries have been building more and more chargers due to the vast amount of BEV’s from Norway visiting these countries, especially in less densely populated areas like Lapland. I think this is a very nice and a positive side effect that maybe would not have eventually happened had Norway not had this many BEV’s. I can imagine the same goes for states around California, and other states with similar situation.

That fridge into a charger pic, I know it’s not real, but it would be kind of interesting. Using old fridges, or better yet, old gas pumps as casings for charge stations.
I bet one could fit several 80A EVSE’s inside of one fridge. Just need a 240v 400A service panel beside the fridge, 4x 100A circuits(of course, I am not sure how the code works, does it matter that 4x 100A maxes out the 400A service panel, or just that there is only a 80A load on each circuit so max power draw is only ever 320A?), and then put in an the 80A EVSE’s. You could probably design an EVSE where the inside electronics are flat(like a 1U server rack), and hook them into the fridge the same way glass shelves slide in.

Great News!! If It would be untapped market for India with huge growth potential.