CHAdeMO Association Celebrates 13,500 CHAdeMOs DC Fast Chargers Worldwide

JAN 12 2017 BY MARK KANE 35

CHAdeMO chargers worldwide – January 2017

CHAdeMO chargers worldwide – January 2017

CHAdeMO Association has announced reaching 13,598 CHAdeMO fast chargers installed worldwide, which is 35% more than year ago.

CHAdeMO Association celebrates 13500 CHAdeMOs worldwide

CHAdeMO Association celebrates 13500 CHAdeMOs worldwide

Entering 2017, the U.S. and Europe has crossed milestones of 2,000 and 4,000 CHAdeMOs stations respectively.

  • Japan – 6,945
  • Europe – 4,051
  • U.S. – 2,081
  • other – 521

* part of U.S. and European installations are multi-standard fast chargers (CHAdeMO and invlude CCS Combo)

A major new topic for CHAdeMO (and really all DC fast charging protocols) is future, higher output units, and CHAdeMO is no different, referencing 150 kW plans, which gets underway in Europe and North America in 2017.

“Stepping into its 8th year of its existence, the association celebrates simultaneous reaching of 2000 publicly available CHAdeMOs in the US, 4000 in Europe and 13 500 globally, which means a 35% year-on-year growth. The historic milestones come amid a growing awareness of the role electric mobility plays in the reduction of CO2 emissions from transport globally. To date, almost 600 000 CHAdeMO-compatible EVs and plug-in hybrids around the world have found their owners.

Accompanying this growth in vehicles and charging opportunities is the expansion of CHAdeMO’s reach worldwide. Eight new countries were added to CHAdeMO map in 2016. EV drivers in Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Croatia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Ukraine can now benefit from CHAdeMO fast charging, bringing the batteries of their EVs from 0 to 80% in 30 min.”

“As electric mobility globalises, so does CHAdeMO. To its status as an international, IEC standard and a European standard published by CENELEC, in 2016 CHAdeMO added also the honour of becoming an American standard, published by IEEE.

While the protocol’s most commonly known version enables 50kW charging, the association actively works to prepare for EVs with bigger batteries. In June 2016, it announced that it was finalising the newest update to the protocol which shall enable charging with up to 150kW, with its first products expected to hit European roads in 2017.”

Dave Yoshida, Secretary General of CHAdeMO Association, said:

Nissan LEAF CHAdeMO charging in Japan - home of the protocol

Nissan LEAF CHAdeMO charging in Japan – home of the protocol

“We are particularly pleased by the global dimension of CHAdeMO development in 2016. More and more countries are realising the benefits of electric mobility and they come to us to learn more about the crucial element in encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles – CHAdeMO DC fast charging. Our impeccable safety record, identical protocol across markets and an established, reliable certification system provide a robust base for more EVs to come.”

“2016 was an important year for us: CHAdeMO numbers grew both in terms of chargers as well as vehicles; we have expanded CHAdeMO’s recognition as an international standard; first commercial, CHAdeMO-based V2G project started in Denmark and we announced an update to the protocol that would enable 150kW charging. All this confirms our leadership position in the market, and most of all trust that the market places in us.”

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35 Comments on "CHAdeMO Association Celebrates 13,500 CHAdeMOs DC Fast Chargers Worldwide"

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Its great that they are continuing to install more stations.
The problem is that they persist in sticking them in car dealerships and other useless places.
Try this – go to and only select Chademo
Now try to plan a journey outside of your city – its not possible.
It only works in CA and parts of Oregon
In most of the US you can’t even get out of your state.
If you want a real laugh, try it with CCS instead 🙂

I say this because I was looking to replace my current LEAF with a used one in Dallas and couldn’t find a fast charge solution to get out of Dallas (Fort Worth doesn’t count as leaving Dallas!)

Well, NY state just released an announcement stating they will be installing nearly 70 DC fast chargers along the NY state Thruway’s rest stops, which is a big improvement for EV’s on the East coast. I assume they’ll be CCS and Chademo.

“If you want a real laugh, try it with CCS instead”

It’s actually easier to travel along the west coast of the US using CCS than CHAdeMO thanks to all the new CCS stations that were installed along interstate 5 between San Francisco and Portland. Many of these are the cheaper 24 kW variety so it wouldn’t necessarily be all that fun of a trip. But still much better than resorting to RV parks and public L2 chargers. If a Bolt with CCS and a LEAF with CHAdeMO raced from San Diego to Seattle, the Bolt would win by a large margin. Of course it would lose by an even wider margin to a Model S . . .

I did say it works in CA and parts of Oregon, pretty sure is part of the west coast……
Try getting to Vegas from CA or Arizona, yep, DCFC desert.
The other sad part is that most of those that do exist are “singles” maybe two stations together or stuck in a dealer for business hours only.
Mostly designed for show to increase the install count.

“I did say it works in CA and parts of Oregon, pretty sure is part of the west coast……”

You said using CHAdeMO to plan a journey outside of your city “…only works in CA and parts of Oregon” and I agree with that. But then you implied that CCS was worse and I though maybe you weren’t aware of the work that BMW and Chargepoint have been doing on the east and west coasts over the last year or two. 24 kW is pathetically slow for a Tesla of even a Bolt. But it actually doesn’t take too much longer than a 50 kW charger to charge an original BMW i3 BEV due to the charge taper. And if they designed things properly then it should be relatively easy to upgrade to faster chargers once enough Bolt owners make the trip and grumble about the charging speed.

It would be brutal to make the same drive that I do regularly up and down the west coast with 120kW charging of my Tesla with 70kWh battery compared to a Bolt EV with virtually identical EPA range using those 25kW Bosch / IEF units that are marketed by ChargePoint.

I suspect that I could beat a Bolt EV with a JdeMO equipped 2012-2014 Toyota RAV4 EV.

More than half of the route between San Diego and Seattle can be traveled with 50 kW CCS chargers (lots of EVgo 50 kW units along 99). And a smart Bolt driver would charge the battery quite a bit at the last 50 kW charger prior to the stretch of 528 miles only covered by 24 kW units. The Bolt is also more efficient than the RAV4 EV so it will add range more quickly at the same charging power. Finally, even though you did some amazing work by creating your JdeMO charger, you still have to contend with the 238 mile gap between functional CHAdeMO chargers between Chico and Grants pass with at least one stop at an RV park (or some other L2 charging source). So my money would still be on the Bolt for a race between San Diego and Seattle (especially if both cars start with a full battery).

Oops- it looks like the gap between functional CHAdeMO chargers is only 223 miles. But that will still require several hours at an RV park in a RAV4 EV.

The gap from Chico, California to Ashland, Oregon is 207 miles… I’ve driven it several times.

The 2012-2014 RAV4 EV can bang out 140 miles at moderate speeds of 55-65mph. So, the gap requires about 2.5- 3 hours at a friendly RV park at 9.6kW between Redding and Mt Shasta.

I did do 151 miles from Orland to Yreka in 2013… 4000 ft elevation gain, mostly at 45mph in the truck slow lane. Not fun.

Those 520 miles that the Bolt will drive with 25kW charging (which is really 63 amps, so 21-23kW) is one heck of a penalty. Certainly, 2.5-3 hours charging is probable into the 60kWh battery per 238 mile leg. Actually, now that I’m casually running the numbers, the Bolt should win with about double the range, but the RAV4 will do just fine.

I’m actually driving this route again this weekend, but in the Model S.

Good thing you’re doing the drive in your Model S because based on PlugShare reports the CHAdeMO charger in Ashland is currently broken. That’s what I was referring to the distance between functional CHAdeMO chargers rather than just the distance between CHAdeMO chargers in general.

“120kW charging of my Tesla with 70kWh battery compared to a Bolt EV”

That’s not entirely true. If you’re talking about full rated range of the car, you have to charge to 100%. We know Tesla starts taper as low as 40% (some said even 25%?). Average power to 100% might mean 60kW.

But if you only charge to 80%, power would be higher, though still nowhere close to 120 kW. Eye-balling some plots seem to show about 80 kW on average to 80%, probably less, because it’s not a straight line. 75 kW?


Funny to read people here making excuses for 24kW chargers. A more sensible driver will just pump gas.

Actually, even here in California it is far from workable. Each spot has 1-2 bays and they are usually in less optimal locations and are crowded.

It really depends on the area. To get to the Tesla SC in my area you have to drive at least 15 min off a freeway to get to the airport to charge. Compared to both CCS and CHAdeMO that are all over the area and located very close to many of the area freeways. Granted that isn’t true with all area but just saying something is true doesn’t make it so.

“Funny to read people here making excuses for 24kW chargers. A more sensible driver will just pump gas.”

If you do the math, a 24 kW charger is actually pretty well suited to charging an original BMW i3 BEV. But I never said an original BMW i3 BEV is well suited to long distance driving. We actually tried to take my wife’s i3 BEV on some road trips when we first got it, but it was too much of a pain (especially after experiencing road trips in our Model S). The longest trip our i3 is likely to take in the next year is the trip back to the dealership when the lease is up.

Look at TN then. SC this year managed to make it to 5 SC in the entire state opening up Memphis for the first time ever. There are more then 20 CHAdeMO chargers in the states and the cover the area very well. CCS is the smallest of the 3 protocols in active use in the US right now but each month tons of Dual CCS/CHAdeMO chargers go online and a much faster rate then SC both stations and stalls.

It’s a bit difficult to follow what you’re trying to express, but if “SC” represents the Tesla Supercharger, they are ALL much faster than ANY operational CHAdeMO or CCS charger in North America.

120kW versus 50kW

CHAdeMO and CCS (also known as SAE Combo) are DC charging protocols used predominantly in North America and Europe. They are neither owners, operators, or owners of individual chargers or charging networks, nor are they charger manufacturers. They do not select charging station locations. They do not chose how many chargers should be at a location. They don’t do billing. The charge station owner and / or operator / network provider installs the charger, plus take your money (much like ATT or Verizon takes your money for your mobile phone service). The charger manufacturer (like Apple for the iPhone or Samsung for the Galaxy) builds the hardware. Some Networks in the USA: I) ChargePoint – no monthly charge, largest network by far, but not so big on DC chargers. Cost varies by individual charger. II) AeroVironment – (Oregon and Washington states only) – West Coast Electric Highway, recommended $20 per month, free unlimited charging . Fantastic and dependable, well placed through those two states only (Washington and Oregon) III) eVgo – recommended $14.95 per month, $3 per thirty minute timed charge (if charging more than thirty minutes, the session needs to be restarted). Their billing department is ATROCIOUS !!! Quickly… Read more »

“and invlude” should be “as well as”

Who cares, every charger deployed now is dual head CCS/CHAdeMO anyway. The only thing keeping CHAdeMO going is that and the Nissan Leaf. Every new vehicle going forward is going CCS.

“Every new vehicle going forward is going CCS.”

Every new vehicle that’s not a Tesla . . .

Not every charger is dual. In fact, many aren’t There are bunch of EVrUS chargers in California that are CHAdeMO only. Stupid of the state’s energy commission to allow that as they were built in large part with grant funds, but they did. There are also a bunch of CCS only chargers on the 101 and I5 installed by Chargepoint in cooperation with BMW if I remember correctly.

EVgo is one of the only companies consistently installing dual standard fast chargers.

I hope this changes.

The EVRus chargers were installed based on a 2014 grant. The later grants required dual standard and higher power. In fact, ChargePoint has stated that they will be installing their new Express Plus stations at their grant sites. Those can deliver 62.5kW to two cars simultaneously or 125kW to one car when installed as a pair without the Power Cube. Their 62.5kW is also more readily realized with today’s cars because they deliver 156 amps instead of 125 amps like the other existing chargers.

Why is it that the US is so pathetic in regards to DCFC?

Japan has 7000 Chademo chargers versus the US has 2000.

Japan is slightly smaller than the state of Montana from a size perspective! However their population density is huge in comparison to US – 127 million people vs. 319 million people.

I think I’d be a pretty happy EV driver if we had 7,000 DCFC locations in the US!

Because the SAE took too long to act on a standard. Typical problem we have here.
That’s why Tesla moved forward and has been ahead of the charge curve since day 1.

Japanese cooperate more and like new technology. SAE CCS was also way too late. And even after they made it almost no one made cars that took advantage of it.

All 3 US car companies are going to support it. But . . . GM had the Spark EV conversion and just now the Bolt, Ford just now put CCS on the barely selling Ford Focus Electric, and Chrysler STILL has NOTHING!

Chicken & egg problem.

I thought Chad was looking to go faster than 150KW?

Yes, similar to CCS, the CHAdeMO Association voted in 2016 for the “350kW” specification to be 350a * 1000a.

Tony, I assume you meant 350 amp * 1000 volt.

I miss your, “how far will it go” videos.

PS, you should write a article on how DC fast chargers work.

Yes, I think a DC charging article would be helpful.

The picture here is interesting to me — a standard-looking Nissan CHAdeMO pillar, but placed inside a tiny shed. “Surely that isn’t necessary,” I think, “because it’s outdoor-rated?”. But then I remember how often these things are inexplicably broken, and I think, maybe they could use some shelter after all.

Meanwhile in Sydney, we have the choice of two CHAdeMO chargers. One that’s out of order and one that’s an hour south of the city. So depressing. 🙁

I personally will be the guy calling them daily until it is back up and buzzing again. They are losing money bigtime.

I personally will be the guy calling them daily until it is back up and buzzing again. They are losing money bigtime.

Without CHAdeMO, I’d never had bought my first Leaf.

CCS is many years behind.

Way to many!

Adam must live in a dream world.