The CHAdeMO Association announced recently that the number of plug-in vehicles that are equipped with the CHAdeMO DC charging inlet has reached one million, globally, as of October 2020.

That's a huge achievement for the Japanese global standard. The only other standard with a higher number of vehicles deployed (over two million) is the Chinese GB/T, but it's used almost entirely in China.

Tesla sold more than 1 million EVs, but is inconsistent in terms of charging inlets (different in the various parts of the world or even in various models). The CCS Combo, on the other hand, exists in two different physical versions - CC1 and CC2.

If CHAdeMO would add Tesla cars that are compatible through the CHAdeMO adapter, it would be at two million, but this is just a theory as not many have the adapters:


The numbers include all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids (basically a single Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV model).

The core members of the CHAdeMO fleet are electric Nissan and Mitsubishi cars:

  • Nissan LEAF - over 500,000
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV - some 260,000
  • Mitsubishi i-MIEV (some 32,000) plus rebadged: PSA's Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero
    Mitsubishi Minicab-MiEV and Minicab truck
    PSA's vans: Peugeot Partner Electric and Citroen Berlingo Electric
    new Lexus UX 300e
  • early Kia and Hyundai EVs (globally or locally in South Korea), before the switch to CCS:
    Kia Ray EV, Kia Soul EV, Hyundai IONIQ Electric
  • various domestic and foreign EVs in Japan from BMW i3 to Porsche Taycan

67% are BEVs, while 33% are PHEVs. 47% were sold in Europe, while 20% were sold in North America and 33% in Asia-Pacific.

The strong point of the CHAdeMO standard is that it's the same everywhere you go: "CHAdeMO inlet shape remains the same wherever you go, which makes transcontinental moves easier for those who are up for it!".

Over 35,000 chargers

As of late 2020, there are more than 35,000 CHAdeMO chargers around the world (usually 50-100 kW):

  • Globally: 35,600
  • Europe: 16,100
  • Japan: 7,700
  • North America: 6,000
  • Asia (minus Japan): 5,100
  • other: 700

The future of CHAdeMO

The future of the CHAdeMO standard is not clear, as the CHAdeMO Association is trying to develop a new standard with China, under the ChaoJi project. It will be a new, more capable solution (mostly for Asia we assume), that will however require an adapter for older CHAdeMO cars.

Nissan is expected to retire from CHAdeMO in North America and Europe, so we guess that Mitsubishi (controlled by Nissan) will do the same. As Tesla switched to the CCS2 in Model 3 in Europe, Europe is set. North America has CC1 and Tesla proprietary standard, while CHAdeMO is gradually fading.

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