CHAdeMO: Over 500 New EU-Funded Multi-Standard DC Fast Charges Coming To Europe In 2016

MAR 6 2016 BY MARK KANE 18

Number of CHAdeMO DC Fast Chargers (estimated) - late December 2015

Number of CHAdeMO DC Fast Chargers (estimated) – late December 2015

Over 500 EU-Funded, Multi-Standard Fast Chargers To Be Deployed On European Roads

Over 500 EU-Funded, Multi-Standard Fast Chargers To Be Deployed On European Roads

CHAdeMO Association Europe announced that more than 500 multi-standard DC fast chargers will be installed in Europe in 2016 with EU funding.

The European branch of the Japanese organization listed five projects with a total of 532 chargers.

Together with other non-EU-funded project, Europe should be able to exceed 3,500 CHAdeMO chargers in total by the end of the year.

In January, CHAdeMO reported 2,755 compatible-chargers, while CCS Combo, according to the CCS Charge Map, is at over 1,850 (part of those numbers have both plugs).

“Cross-border EV travels in Europe are to get even easier. As part of the Connecting Europe Facility, an EU funding mechanism for Transport, Energy and Telecommunication, European Commission announced the projects that shall receive its funding in the transport sector for 2015. In the emobility section, 5 international projects planning to jointly deploy over 500 fast chargers across Europe have managed to each secure 50% of funding from the Commission. CEF, created to facilitate the European integration across strategic areas, is now a key source of financing for EU’s most important transport routes, known as Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T) and is meant to not only to provide better integration between countries, but also to help facilitate the introduction of clean transport solutions.”

Multi-standard means that there will be DC plugs for both CHAdeMO and CCS Combo standard, typically with an additional third plug for three-phase AC charging.

Identification for ABB multi-standard fast chargers

Identification for ABB multi-standard fast chargers

Here is info on those projects:

“Danish utility company Clever will lead a deployment of MECOR (Multi-modal connectivity for Oresund Region, Clever, Denmark-Sweden), as part of which 120 semi-fast chargers shall be deployed at 60 charging sites, connecting Malmo and Copenhagen. The deployment contributes to a global Scandinavian strategy aiming do install 950 fast and 2000 semi-fast chargers in the region.





Germany and Belgium, until now lagging a little bit behind in terms of fast charging coverage compared to other Western European countries, thanks to the Fast-E project will get a boost of 241 and 37 multi-standard fast chargers respectively, with the Dutch company Allego as the project leader. Those chargers will be complemented by another 29 in Czech Republic and Slovakia by a brother Fast-E project. On top of building and operating chargers using an innovative open-source ICT platform, the Czech-Slovakian Fast-E aims to create a complete EV Roll-Out Master Plan for both countries.





Even more chargers for Belgium shall come from the UNIT-E project led by French utility company EDF, who plans to erect a total of 40 fast chargers across Belgium, France, Italy and UK, demonstrating the economic viability and most of all interoperability of chargers across international regions. With the chargers from another EUfunded EDF project Corri-door currently being deployed in France, once both networks are completed, it shall be possible to travel seamlessly with an EV all the way from Dublin to Genoa.

Another increase of multi-standard chargers in Scandinavia and Germany will come from the GREAT (Green Region for Electrification and Alternative fuels for Transport) project, managed by region Skene, which plans to deploy 65 devices over 900km. The experiences gathered from the deployment will be used to form policy and business models recommendations for future infrastructure development.”



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18 Comments on "CHAdeMO: Over 500 New EU-Funded Multi-Standard DC Fast Charges Coming To Europe In 2016"

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Other than the Tesla Supercharger network, the deployment of DC fast chargers in the USA is quite pathetic. 🙁

Then again with oil suppliers like Russia and Mid-East, Europe has bigger incentive to get off oil.


Very little electric energy is produced from imports from those regions.

However contrary to Your belief, there is no strong “single-minded” push for ending reliance on Russia resources.

Here is not even much push for joined offers or anti-monopoly actions against Russia for contracts that are widely out of normal pricing for EU members.

In other words, Russia knows whom to treat preferentially and whom to skin to the bone 😉

Poland is for stronger market safeguards. Biggest detractor is… Germany.

Now please do guess who have cheapest oil/gas from Russia in whole EU? 😉

How does Japan have that many Chademo Chargers?!?!? I guess they do have a strong coalition of Chademo supporters. But nation is so small, you’d think would be close to saturated at this point. And how many EVs do they have in Japan now? I thought Fukushima caused shutdown of their entire nuclear fleet pretty much slowed EV sales down?

I read an article recently that said there were more electric vehicle charging stations than gas stations. If you check the Plugshare map of Japan the article appears to be accurate.

That should be minimum to convert people going electric.

Meaninh Europe is still missing around 50.000 Fast Charger.

Not entirely true.

It was electric plugs vs gas stations.

Gas stations have many plugs per each. So it will still be some time before its electric plugs vs gas plugs. And even then nature of electric charging mean less overall capacity 😉

Of course that is not even important point.

What is important that such rapid infrastructure build out was possible because infrastructure is dirty cheap compared to gas infra.

This means that Japan success will be mimicked everywhere else due to same economic factors.

Government money and low powered DC – more than 50% are less than 30 kW.

Basically, they often install CHAdeMO as destination charging, which is a very expensive way to go about installing an EV infrastructure and not likely replicated in many, bigger places.

I think Nissan’s developed it, so basically CHAdeMO is the Japanese standard plug.

Actually it was developed by Tepco, the nice company that brought you the Fukushima disaster…

Yep . . . Tepco. Kinda funny. But it is officially supported by all the Japanese auto manufacturers. But it seems only Nissan has backed it big time outside of the USA. And a problem for them is that their biggest auto maker, Toyota, is chasing the fuel cell pipe dream.

At some point, the Chademo association is going to have to shift it’s focus to getting automakers to actually include their standard on the car. Multi-standard stations are a no-brainer, but they’ll be a lot more valuable to the world if the Chademo association could throw their weight around with a company like Toyota and actually get them to put out a mass-market EV. That said, a ChargedEVs article already showed a Toyota BEV prototype in a photo with a CCS connector on it, so this may remain effectively a Nissan and Mitsubishi only club.

Yeah, Chademo had the big head start. They existed before CCS. They had cars on the road before CCS. They had several more committed companies before CCS existed.

But it has fallen apart. Mitsubishi no longer sells the iMieV so that the LEAF is the only Chademo car sold across the country. There is the Kia Soul but it has a limited release.

CCS finally now has some cars although it is just starting. But it has the eGolf, the BMW i3, and the Spark EV (limited release). So it has more cars than Chademo right now. And it will have an important car with the Chevy Bolt coming out.

e-Up has CCS charging, too. CCS will gain a lot of momentum when Bolt / Ampera-e and the long range BEVs from VW and Audi arrive.

The members of the ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association) are committed to use CCS/Type2 on the car side starting with 2017. As an example we can see Hyunday comming with the Ioniq using CCS/Combo2 in Europe. In the US, I don’t know if there is such agreement among manufacturers, but I am sure that the actual dominance of CHAdeMO is also challenged in the US in the midterm.

It is true that CSS seems to have a brighter future. But the future is not there yet. I bought a Kia Soul EV in France, because you can now drive cross country with help of CHAdeMO, but absolutely not with CSS. I had no choice; I am a travel photographer and so I needed a car that could actually TRAVEL, while I didn’t have the cash for a Tesla.

Before you can do the same with CSS, I guess you might have to wait another 2 years in France.

Chademo has more chargers in the USA too but neither one has nearly enough.

Tesla Supercharger network is the only really good charging network because:
1) At 125KW, it is much faster than Chademo or CCS right now.
2) They have been strategically located to make long distance drives between most big cities possible.
3) They are all monitored and maintained by Tesla. Many of the Chademo and CCS chargers seem to be orphaned or ignored. They can malfunction and no one fixes them for weeks or months.

Yes, France has been very late to install CCS but with the current expansion by Sodetrel 50 new locations were added just this year. By the end of this year all major highways should be covered.

Quote: “Another increase of multi-standard chargers in Scandinavia and Germany will come from the GREAT (Green Region for Electrification and Alternative fuels for Transport) project, managed by region Skene,…”

The name of the region is not Skene, but Skåne in Swedish (and Danish), and Scania in English.
Scania also happens to be the name of one of one of Sweden’s two manufacturers of heavy trucks and buses, founded in Malmö, the largest city in the Skåne region in southern Sweden.