ChargePoint Reached Milestone Of 30,000 Charging Points

AUG 30 2016 BY MARK KANE 8

ChargePoint charging points

ChargePoint charging points

The ChargePoint Network now includes more than 30,000 charging spots (360 of them are DC chargers).

The latest milestone places the network in first place worldwide.

In the past year, the network expanded by about 200 DC fast chargers (20-50 kW) and in the past ~1.5 years, about 10,000 AC charging spots were added.

The total number of charging sessions is approaching 18 million, while total energy dispensed exceed 127 GWh in July.

As you can see on the graph, average amount of energy dispensed seems to be growing fast than the number of charging sessions, which probably is related to higher on-board charging power, larger batteries, and the increasing number of DC chargers in the network.

Charging stations are owned by independent companies, which uses ChargePoint for networking…and potentially collecting payments.

“ChargePoint, the world’s largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network, today announced the activation of the 30,000th charging spot on its network. The leader in the EV charging market, ChargePoint is building the infrastructure for the future of transportation and changing the way drivers think about refueling by allowing EV drivers to charge at home, at work, around town and out of town. Drivers can quickly and easily locate charging spots near them using ChargePoint’s mobile app and online driver portal. The milestone comes as gas stations continue to decline markedly.

The 30,000th spot is located at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The charging station was installed by the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA) with CBL Properties. It is part of a broader initiative by CARTA to promote clean energy technologies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, includes the installation of 20 EV charging locations and an EV car-sharing program. Part of the ChargePoint network, the 30,000th spot joins a platform that has powered 407 million gas-free miles for more than 450,000 EVs on the road in the U.S. As a reference point, the 30,000 spots on the ChargePoint network far exceed the number of Starbucks in the U.S., where the ubiquitous coffee retailer had 12,521 locations as of September 2015.

A strong and growing charging infrastructure will be essential as EV sales increase to an expected 25 percent of the market by 2025. While much progress has been made, there is still an exponential growth opportunity ahead to build out a network of charging points to support the increased demand and give EV drivers the confidence to travel more places.”

“The rapid expansion of ChargePoint’s network can be attributed to growth in the EV market as well as a unique business model that puts the power in the hands of station owners and drivers. ChargePoint doesn’t own the stations on its network; instead, stations are independently owned and operated by businesses that want to attract and engage employees and customers who drive EVs. ChargePoint builds and supports the charging stations, and provides mobile apps, analytics and software that let owners easily manage EV charging and help drivers find convenient stations, see station availability and track all charging.

Stations are owned by businesses across a variety of verticals, which can choose whether to offer charging to customers, employees or both: retail, hospitality, healthcare, education, recreation, municipal and more. In addition to the 30,000 places to charge at work, around town and out of town, ChargePoint offers ways for EV drivers to charge at apartments, condos and single-family homes. About 70% of new EV drivers use the ChargePoint online driver portal and mobile app to find nearby places to charge.”

Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint’s CEO said:

“ChargePoint’s mission is to get everyone behind the wheel of an EV. We’ve been busy building the network that’s necessary for EVs to become mainstream. As the demand for EV charging continues to surge, charging infrastructure expands and gas stations disappear, it won’t be long before drivers start suffering from ‘gas anxiety,’ not range anxiety. As the largest charging network, we are enabling the EV revolution and changing the experience of refueling.”

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Chargepoints are nice, but their service model is far too expensive. The fees they charge operators for payment collection is obscene.

Meanwhile, the GE Durastation chargers are far more appropriate as far as service costs go, but they do require linking of a Paypal account for payments. Unfortunately they’re near impossible to procure, as GE apparently doesn’t try hard to sell them.

I had decided not to drive my FFE from Texas to my timeshare in Colorado this year, like I did last year, because of difficulty I had charging at RV Parks but ChargePoint installed four new stations in southeastern Colorado. These charging stations will definitely improved the EV driving experience between Txas and Colorado. A lot more charging stations are still needed but at least these new stations are allowing me to avoid some RV Park charging and are inspiring me to make this long cross country trip by EV once again.

I’ve changed my mind about driving my EV up to Colorado this year. The ‘status’ on one of the key ChargePoint stations I was going to use has blinking ‘unavailable’ so I started to get cold feet. I finally decided I can’t afford the extra two driving days going up and back especially with the status of a key charging station being question, maybe next year.

Still need more.
Also some EV’ers need a lesson in charge etiquette.
They should also start actively ticketing the stalls that get ICE’d.

If this graph is to be believed, the “number of chargers per charging point” almost doubled (per quarter) over the last few years.

Date — #Charges (x1,000,000) — #ChargePoints (x1000) — Charges per ChargePoint (x1000)
Aug14 — 6* — 18* — 333 (6,000,000/18,000)
Aug15 — 11* — 24* — 458
Aug16 — 18* — 30* — 600

*note: interpreting from graph, so some visual error in accuracy of values.

That’s “charges per charging point,” not “chargers.” Does it not seem easily believable? Around here I could easily believe that figure. A plug that is used, for example (and not atypical in my area) 1.5 hours per day could go to 3 hours per day and still the availability of a plug on a 2-outlet station remain similar.

Chargepoint seems to be leading the way in the SF Penninsula with workplace EV charging stalls.

That model seems to work pretty well here, and the employer gets to decide on the pricing. Most EV stalls here cost about $0.25-0.29 kWh, which is quite reasonable.

Until battery sizes get larger and cost comes down, it would be nice to see more EV stations in shopping centers and other public places, though.

I think this article has a lot of ambiguities and doesn’t tell the whole story. I was looking at charging stations in Mexico on PlugShare and I saw a bunch of ChargeNow stations but no Chargepoint stations. Pictures of all the ChargeNow charges and the footer of the ChargeNow website has BMW AG on them. When you click on the Mexico button on the ChargeNow world map you go to the ChargeNow Mexico map but when you click on the US button on the ChargeNow world map you go to the ChargePoint United States and Canada map. There are a lot of references alluding to ChargeNow being a parent of ChargePoint including being able to upgrade the ChargeaPoint RFID card to a ChargeNow RFID card. Since the branding on the ChargeNow chargers and the ChargeNow website seem to indicate that ChargeNow is owned by BMW AutoGroup, does this meam that ChargePoint is also owned by BMW AG? When I look and the ChargePoint map app there only appears to be about 15,000 L2 charging ports (many fewer stations) and 200 DCFC stations. There are may more ?ports/stations? identified in the article. Does this mean that all the ChargeNow ports/stations are… Read more »