CHAdeMO DC Fast Charger Density in Europe – Map

MAY 30 2014 BY MARK KANE 16

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CHAdeMO Quick charger in Europe

CHAdeMO Association recently released a new quick charger map for Europe with not only the number of installations, but density too.

As it turns out, Europe exceeds 1,100 CHAdeMO installations, but the differences between countries are huge. The leaders like Norway, Denmark, Estonia and Ireland exceed a level of 5 CHAdeMO quick chargers per 1 million people.

Estonia is of course unbeatable with over 100 QC/1 million, due to a small population and relatively huge infrastructure project.

In fact Norway is close to 20 QC/1 million and is already ahead of Japan, which with over 2,000 chargers and population of about 130 million is at maybe 15 QC/1 million. Denmark has approximately 10 QC/1 million. And Ireland is closer to 8 QC/1 million.

In the second league are Netherlands, Luxemburg and Sweden, between 4 to 5 QC/1 million.

Then we see UK, Belgium, Switzerland and Finland with over 3 QC/1 million. Spain is at over 2 QC/1 million. Portugal, France, Austria and Slovenia exceed 1 QC/1 million.

All the rest are below 1 charger per 1 million people, which means that CHAdeMO infrastructure there is pretty weak.

Sadly, we don’t yet have such map for different states of U.S., which would be interesting to see.

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What about the US overall? How many CHAdeMO nationwide?

As of March, about ~600 CHAdeMO DCFC had been installed in U.S.

note: Not all DCFC may be useable as a number need upgrades/maintenance (eg: Blink DCFC are getting new connectors), or are private/fleet use only. See coverage maps. Next quarterly station data update should be viewable by mid-late June. or has near-realtime updates supplied by users.

In Portugal the CHAdeMo accessibly and working chargers is much more less, because there are some not working for more that 5 months, others are private usage and others from Nissan are inside the workshop and they don’t allow them to be used.
We have more that 50 CHAdeMo chargers bought 3 ago by the Goverment and they don’t say where to install them! Nice

The Portuguese case is sad and brings us shame.

When the right-wing government came to power they decided to kill the project to promote electric cars just because it was a project made by a socialist government.

They decided not to use the 50 CHAdeMO chargers that were already bought and remove the 5.000€ incentive that existed to buy an electric car to please their friends in Galp (gas company).

Miguel Relvas and his boys in action…

Let’s leave domestic politics at home shall we? Even Miguel Relvas gets mentioned here. I mean, c’mon!, what’s the point?

Advocating for EVs is politics. Everything that matters in society is politics, that’s why the status quo doesn’t want us to discuss it in public forums. So they can make all decisions without us even question it. Every active human in society is a political being, we don’ need political parties to make politics.

What do you want that we discuss? Football? TV shows? Because that’s what the majority of Portuguese citizens do, and look where it got us.

Think outside the box.

What is worse than not having CHAdeMO chargers?

Having many that don’t freaking work.

Need to see statistics on the CHAdeMO stations uptime and availability.


Second worse after finding one that doesn’t work?

Finding one that is already in use. Which is extremely common at any site that is used on a daily basis.

At a minimum two stations should be installed per location. If they could power-split like Tesla SuperCharger cabinets do (typical Tesla SuperCharger install has two plugs that share 135kW between them, car plugged in first gets priority) that would limit demand fees.

Yeah, what is the deal with them? Is it certain brands of chargers? (I hear the Blink ones are known as “on the blink” chargers.)

The Transport Evolved folks often mention encountering broken fast-chargers.

The UK reliability and decision to put a lot of them in Nissan dealers are sticking points here.

I have nothing but praise for Ecotricity though. They are putting chargers at service stations on motorways, it’s amazing that they’re actually useful! If they can continue their rollout and get the reliability up it will be a really good network.

They do plan to charge eventually, maybe next year, but even high price per kwh should’t really be an issue, a vast majority of charging will still be done at home.

Some caution needs to be exercised with CHAdeMO population density numbers. For most countries, DCFC tends to be cluster near urban areas and not uniformly distributed along major roadways throughout a country.

Additionally, a number of locations may have dated data where a DCFC station has been removed, or access not possible. Access is a very important metric … 24/7 access is lacking at many DCFC network locations, meaning publicly usable numbers are much lower than they appear.

A current hurtle for today’s EV driver wanting to use a DCFC network is lack of a standard method to remotely check status of a DCFC location. (not even a simple indication of date last used, hardware operational status reported in last 24 hours). DCFC network providers need to make a status data (no older than 24 hours) available to customers looking to use a DCFC station.

Ideally a organizational body like CHAdeMO would require the format/protocol for making station status available to EV community as part of its certification requirements.

All very good points. It still amazes me that money has been spent on chargers that are:

a) In the wrong place
b) Unreliable
c) Cannot be monitored.

Really in this day and age there’s absolutely no excuse for any of these problems.

“Sadly, we don’t yet have such map for different states of U.S., which would be interesting to see.”

Its because the numbers are embarrassingly low.

How many chargers per million inhabitants is pretty useless for my country Sweden (9,7 million people). The long distances will make for the need of many more fast chargers than a country like Belgium (11,1 million people)for the network to be useful.

Right not you can’t even take your Leaf between the two largest cities comfortably.

Amazing. Here in Canada, we’ve got pretty much nil. British Columbia manages to have the most at 8, and on a per-million-person basis that works out to just under 2. Ontario has about 4 for a density of less than 1 per million residents.

British Columbia is supposed to have more than that, but regional authorities have created such a quagmire of red tape that there’s actually a legal dispute preventing at least one of the QCs from being built. And that’s from government, trying to build on government land with crown-corporation provided power. Imagine the legal quagmire involved in some shopping mall trying to do the same thing!

Compared to Washington State, it’s a desert of EV infrastructure.

I’m rather suprised at Italy! It’s one of the LEAF’s largest markets in Europe, and it only has 6 CHAdeMOs?