CHAdeMO Association: Over 3,500 Quick Chargers Serve Over 131,000 Plug Ins

FEB 3 2014 BY MARK KANE 18

Nissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th Quick Charger

Nissan Installs Europe’s 1,000th Quick Charger

CHAdeMO Association posted a press release shortly after the 1,000 quick charger milestone was achieved in Europe.

In this latest press release, we see a bunch of valuable numbers.

First of all, the number of installed CHAdeMO points is growing quickly – above the rate of the increase in EV sales.

From January 2013 through January 2014, CHAdeMO Association noted this growth:

  • Japan from 1,381 to 1,967 (up by 586 or 42%)
  • Europe from 601 to 1,020 (up by 419 or 70%)
  • USA from 154 to 554 (up by 400 or 360%)
  • No data for other markets

And yes, Europe seems to be at 1,020 as of 31 January.  The total number of CHAdeMO points increased from 2,136 to 3,541 in the three largest markets.

CHAdeMO Association stresses that CHAdeMO is the global leader and the only widely commercialized fast charging technology. Today, 131,000 electric and plug-in hybrid cars can use CHAdeMO quick chargers (we’re guessing 80 to 90 thousand Nissans and 40 to 50 thousand Mitsubishis and PSA Peugeot Citroens).

Even more important is that 2/3 of all the world’s EV passenger cars, according to CHAdeMO Association, are CHAdeMO compatibile.

Jorge Sanchez, Head of e-mobility, ENDESA (President Company, CHAdeMO Association in
Europe) stated:
“We are pleased to see this result as this is a clear testimony that CHAdeMO fast charging technology has won trust of investors and consumers alike in different countries in Europe.”
Igor Demay, VP, EV Technical Coordinator, PSA, welcomes this development:
“On top of Peugeot iOn and Citroën C-Zero that have become the reference of EVs in all over Europe, in 2013 we have launched Peugeot Partner and Citroën Berlingo EVs, assembled in Spain, equipped with the CHAdeMO inlet. We are certain that fast-chargeable LCV EVs** will present attractive options for business owners for their fleet use, and having a dense network of fast chargers is indispensable for further EV adoption.”

Currently CHAdeMO QCs are installed in 25 countries in Europe. Ireland, Denmark and Estonia already have a nationwide network with charging point every 50 km or less. Norway and the Netherlands should join this club soon and the UK is even doing better and better with almost 200 units.

Nissan e-NV200 fleet

Nissan e-NV200 fleet

There is also a growing number of models that can use CHAdeMO fast chargers. After the Nissan LEAF and Citroen C-Zero, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Peugeot iON triplets, now the CHAdeMO-capable Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is here and the new Nissan e-NV200 is coming soon. Additionally, PSA introduced a new version of the Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner (with CHAdeMO inlet).

Soon, there will be the long-awaited no need to join CHAdeMO Association to manufacture CHAdeMO equipment, which opens new possibilities for this standard. We believe it will be described in IEC norm like Combo solutions.
“CHAdeMO fast charging protocol is expected to be certified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the first quarter of 2014. With the recent entry of other fast charging protocols into the market, CHAdeMO Association believes that multi-system chargers that are equipped with multiple connectors should be the answer going forward.”
Joseph Beretta, President of AVERE-France had something to say about multi-standard chargers:
“With multi-standard chargers, EV drivers can simply select, like Regular and Diesel, the right connector for the EV they drive. Depending on the EV mix of the region, this can be an attractive and practical solution for EV drivers, investors, and automakers. More than anything, such multi-standard chargers should help acceleratee-mobility in Europe, which is essential.”

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18 Comments on "CHAdeMO Association: Over 3,500 Quick Chargers Serve Over 131,000 Plug Ins"

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Lots of spiffy numbers that demonstrate world dominance. What I want to know is how many charging sessions there have been by month along with monthly load average per charger. Want to bet it makes the Blink Network look positively robust?

“The actual number of times the stations are used is not the best indicator of performance,” … as location is an important factor to usage. eg: some locations see lineups greater than 3 long (1-2 hours pre-charging wait) at times; while other DCFC are less used due to more remote locations.
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2022180758_chargingstationsxml.html

The ECOtality Blink Network is an unusual CHAdeMO network as it has experienced a high percentage of station failures. Of the 94 Blink DCFCs deployed with The EV Project over the last 18 months; 22 are currently offline, leaving just 72 operational. (use PlugShare for status and reports). Other CHAdeMO networks (and brands) have much higher reliability and much shorter down times. Reliability testing should be part of a manufacture maintaining DCFC certification for EVSE.

FYI: As of last week (Jan 31, 2013) the number of active Tesla SuperCharger stations passed 73, each with 4-10 active charging ports. This makes Tesla the largest US DCFC network having delivered over 8,000,000 miles of DCFC’d miles!

30,000+ Model S’s can be added to the list when Tesla releases its CHAdeMO Adaptor this spring.

Jump to 37:00 in video for Elon’s comments at a recent Owner Q&A townhall: http://insideevs.com/video-tesla-motors-elon-musk-townhall-meeting-in-amsterdam-56-minutes-of-q-a/

This is like running a campaign ‘after’ election day. The world is moving on.

Here is what plug-in cars had to say about the Chademo vs Combo Charger.

“…the CHAdeMO is quite bulky, and not very practical to use with that latch. The new competing SAE CCS combo plug, or the Tesla connector, are both sleeker, lighter and faster to use. They also allow higher currents. CHAdeMO was originally designed for 100-kW service, but delivers 50-kW at stations. European CCS plug is designed to handle up to 170-kW, and delivers 50-kW today but should be quickly upgraded to 85 to 90-kW, while the Tesla plug puts out 120-kW.

The backers of the CCS connector claim that it’s safer than CHAdeMO—although nobody has user data to prove this. CCS is backed by all American and German car manufacturers. So if you’re a gambler, the safe bet is CCS.”

And how many CCS cars are on the road, and how many CCS frankenplugs are installed? Sounds like a not invented here response to the Japanese. Anothe VHS vs BETAMAX standards fight?

Well in the VHSs v. Beta war, it was the inferior VHS standard that won out. Why? Because it had more backers than the technically superior Beta. So that kind bodes in favor of SAE-CCS since it has more backers (all the USA and German car companies).

Plug-In Cars is a rag anyway. They have their own agenda. CHAdeMO is rated up to 62.5kW.

It’s rated to 100kw (500v * 200a), but is currently restricted to 125 amps (500v * 125a).

Lots of claims, none of them substantiated, most flat-out wrong.

Yeps, apparently Bloggin is quite upset at CHAdeMO’s success. Cheers!

Yes, he seems less confident than the earlier stuff of Frankenolug taking over the world that we used to hear. Now, it’s just repeated flawed talking points. Sad 🙁

“The safe bet is “Frankenplug””. Oh, crap, I needed that chuckle this morning. This is the never ending factual challenge portion of the Franken-game. Ah, neither all the American, nor all the European auto manufacturers adopted Frankenplug. I can always tell when somebody has learned the talking points, but not the facts. In the US, the only US based auto maker that gives even PR support is GM. Tesla Motors (a genuine American car company) will never adopt Frankenplug. During a Tesla shareholder’s call, when the SAE standard was pointed out to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, he said “Yes, the SAE have a standard. But it sucks.” Which is why TM went its own way. So, if one of the most successful serial entrepreneurs in history talks, people tend to listen, particularly when he produces one of the most celebrated EV’s in history. I tend to agree with him a lot. Neither Ford, nor Fiat / Chrysler, have any publicized plans to offer a Frankenplug car, and both produce EV’s in minimum numbers for CARB-ZEV, just like GM does. I personally don’t include Fiat as a US company, but maybe you do. Fiat is now a majority owner of Chrysler,… Read more »

Tony, while I respect your knowledge and most agree with you, you do lose a little credibility by first mocking those who “learn the talking points, but not the facts” and in the same breath refer to the SAE standard as “Frankenplug”. By only using that term, you are wearing your bias on your sleeve, and certainly aren’t going to be very effective at convincing those who disagree with you.

In support of the CHAdeMO standard, I would point out that BMW will be installing the CHAdeMO port on i3s destined for Japan. This strongly demonstrates that although they outwardly support SAE CCS, they are not purists about it.

I agree. Calling it Frankenplug is wrong. However, Tony is right in everything else he says. So, drop the weird Frankenplug name. The future is CHAdeMO. Or is is Tesla Superchargers? Probably Tesla. Doubtful is it CCS.

> By the way, did you know that the German version of Frankenplug and the GM version aren’t interchangeable, right? Maybe that wasn’t in the PR flak, that thankfully we don’t see too much of anymore from the Frankenplug bloc. Where are those guys, anyway? Blogging you don’t get a salary from them, do you?

So what? The German/European plug on a Tesla is also not interchangeable with the US version and no one is complaining about that either.

In Europe CCS is deployed in at least 30 locations based on my count. Up from single digits just a few months ago. Multiple providers of Chademo charging stations have committed to upgrading to dual connectors. And there are two car models on the road that support it (VW e-UP and BMW i3), the same number as car models with Chademo support.

Just wait until more CCS cars hit american roads and you’ll see that most new DC installations will be dual connector chargers that are only slightly more expensive to produce than the single connector versions.

I also remember reading somewhere that the European Superchargers use the CCS-Protocol but without the extra DC-Pins that the CCS plugs have.

How many of them are broken? On the transportevolved podcast, they complained about the fact that a lot of Chademo chargers are often non functional. Anyone know why this is? Are the chargers poorly designed? Vandalism? Is the standard poorly designed? I would hope that these devices which have almost no moving parts would be pretty reliable.

CHAdeMO isn’t a manufacturer of charging equipment; they are the protocol standard association.

Some companies, like Blink, made really crappy equipment while they sucked up $100 million in tax money and laughed all the way to the bank, going bankrupt and liquidated as soon as the tax money gravy train needed.

Other companies, like Fuji Electric, make high quality stuff that works. evOasis operates one of the busiest CHAdeMO stations in the USA, with about 2000 charges in a bit over a year (each one paid for, too… not free) and it’s dependibility is very high.