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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