Electric Car Charging Points Outnumber Gas Stations In Japan

FEB 17 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 16

Tipping Point?

According to Nissan, there are now more electric car charging point in Japan than there are gas stations.

As Bloomberg reports the situation:

There are more electric-car charging points in Japan than there are gas stations.

That surprising discovery comes from Nissan Motor Co., which reported that the number of power points in Japan, including fast-chargers and those in homes, has surged to 40,000, surpassing the nation’s 34,000 gas stations.

We should point out that the number of charging points may have surpassed the number of gas stations, but most stations have several gas pumps, meaning that there’s still a long ways to go before the # of charging points surpass the # of gassing points.  And we’ll add that Nissan’s figure include home charging stations, which often aren’t publicly available for use by other electric car drivers.

“An important element of the continued market growth is the development of the charging infrastructure,” states Joseph G. Peter, Nissan chief financial officer.

The charging infrastructure is there, everywhere, actually.  Don’t you see that plug in your garage?  What Peter likely means is that “an important element of the continued market growth is the development of the fast charging infrastructure.”  That we agree with.

Source: Bloomberg

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16 Comments on "Electric Car Charging Points Outnumber Gas Stations In Japan"

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If it was number of DC quick chargers it would be impressive. But to include someone’s home charger doesn’t make any sense in that you can’t go stop off at some stranger’s charger in their house on the open road.

all they did was go to plugshare.com and zoom on Japan. The home stations are not included.

Must be nice.

A bit of a misleading numbers game. Glad they didn’t include home wall outlets. 😉

But that level of infrastructure for EVs makes me really confused why so many Japanese automakers are chasing the hydrogen unicorn so aggressively…

Yeah, I don’t get the hydrogen fetish when they have a great charging infrastructure. Perhaps they are pushing for hydrogen for the USA market more than their market . . . but they don’t seem to be getting that we are not buying it.

Counting private L1/L2 charging points is like stating a gasoline container is a gas station.

Currently there are 5259 DC CHAdeMO connection points in Japan. Likely only ~1000 have multiple DC charging points at the same station location.

While the headline is click-bait, the reality is comparing numbers of gasoline stations to charging stations means nothing without context.

eg: How many miles were drived using gasoline compared to electric last year?
For context, consider 98% of gasoline was purchased at a public gas station, while only 5-12% of BEV charging occurs at a public charging point … most (88%-95%) of BEV charging takes place at a residential private charging point.

The point being: without context for use, reliability and accessability, etc. the a raw number comparison means little to nothing.

Considering the difference in “refilling” speed, it isn’t exactly an “apple to apple” comparison…

Indeed . . . but it is still a big milestone. Especially considering the small number of EVs.

I dunno, seems like counting L1 outlets at home is legit. For many owners, charging at home is all they ever need. If you own an ICE, you have to go to a gas station.

Every plug-in EV needs a home charge point. Contrariwise, a single gas pump can service scores or even hundreds of cars a day, and most gas stations have multiple pumps.

As pointed out in comments above, it’s a rather meaningless comparison.

Overall….this is meaningless. When they start to include islands that don’t officially belong to Japan (Jeju Island clearly belongs to South Korea for example) you can’t then take anything else too seriously.

And that’s what I call “Infrastructure”.

Latest counts that I have for The Netherlands is 4200 petrol stations, 5800 public chargers and 500 fast chargers.

I see a lot of people saying it isn’t fair to include home charging stations. But I think it is. Think about it this way, if every owner of a gas car had a small gas station in his garage, what would this do to the number of publicly available gas stations? I bet you’d see a dramatic drop. Instead you’d only see gas stations in critical areas, not on every street corner. So it is important to realize the impact home chargers have on public chargers.

The interesting question is what the corresponding stat is for the US? IIUC, nearly 300K EVs have been sold in the USA to date (I remember seeing the number in the of the articles about a month ago, but can’t find it).

I’m guessing that if home EVSEs are included, there’s probably >1 charging point per vehicle — in which case, the Japanese statistic isn’t actually that impressive per-capita. Anybody know the number?

And yet, Japan still can’t crack 1 EV for every 100 new cars sold.

Makes you think that maybe it’s not the infrastructure. Nice PR stunt though.