Nissan: More EV Charging Stations Than Fuel Stations By 2020

AUG 17 2016 BY MARK KANE 19

Nissan: More Electric Car Charging Stations Than Fuel Stations By 2020

Nissan: More Electric Car Charging Stations Than Fuel Stations By 2020

Nissan LEAF charging

Nissan LEAF charging

Nissan’s analysis indicates that by 2020 the number of charging stations will be higher than the number of fuel stations (for most countries with decent EV sales and infrastructure today).

The announcement was released using the example of the UK, of which the base scenario is for summer of 2020 (but the company says it could happen a lot sooner).

UK is an interesting example, as the number of traditional petrol fuel stations in the country has already been falling steadily from 37,539 in 1970 to just 8,472 at the end of 2015. Nissan expects that in August 2020 there will be maybe 7,870.

Meanwhile, the number of charging stations in the UK increased from a few hundred to several thousand (4,100 this year) over the past 5 years, and should reach 7,900 by 2020.

“In contrast, the number of public electric vehicle charging locations is expected to reach 7,900 by the same point in time. However, the accelerating adoption of electric vehicles means this crossover could happen a lot sooner.

Just over 100 years since the first fuel station opened – November 1919 at Aldermaston in Berkshire – the number in the UK has peaked, declined and is expected to be overtaken by charging stations designed for battery, not combustion, powered cars.

More than 75% of UK petrol stations have closed in the last 40 years, whilst the number of electric vehicle charging locations has increased from a few hundred in 2011 to more than 4,100 locations in 2016, as electric car sales take off.

According to Go Ultra Low, the joint government and car industry campaign, more than 115 electric cars were registered every day in the first quarter of 2016, equivalent to one every 13 minutes. The campaign also believes electric power could be the dominant form of propulsion for all new cars sold in the UK as early as 2027, with more than 1.3m electric cars registered each year.”

Edward Jones, EV Manager, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd., said:

‘As electric vehicle sales take off, the charging infrastructure is keeping pace and paving the way for convenient all-electric driving. Combine that with constant improvements in our battery performance and we believe the tipping point for mass EV uptake is upon us.

As with similar breakthrough technologies, the adoption of electric vehicles should follow an ‘S-curve’ of demand. A gradual uptake from early adopters accelerates to a groundswell of consumers buying electric vehicles just as they would any other powertrain.’

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I wish that were the case where I live.. I’d probably opt for a pure BEV instead of a PHEV.


There are already more places to charge than gas stations. Every outlet counts.

As long as you’re very patient…

While that may be true, in practice it is not. Besides the wait issue you already pointed out, you can’t just drive up to anyone’s home or business and plug in.

They are counting L2 charging in this, and pretty sure you shouldn’t when comparing to fuel stations. DCFC for 20-30 minutes is borderline acceptable for “on the road” charging. Hours of L2 is not.
Cars and DCFC need to be equipped for the 100 kW+ that the standards allow. More than 50 kW can be argued to be overkill for 20 kWh batteries, but when you get in the 60 kWh range, it needs to be stepped up.

+ 100

Useless news release by Nissan. Just get us the car dangit.

Even if all 7900 stations in the future are DCFC (parity with gas stations), that is not good news because each EV spends 6X to 7X longer at a DCFC station and 2X to 6X more frequent.

“ can’t just drive up to anyone’s home or business and plug in.”

I bet you could if you desperately needed a charge. Try that if you run out of gas!

Only matters if they are conveniently located.

Also not just number of stations but number of chargers matters. A single charger is worthless when it is broken.

Too bad there are 1 or maybe two charging plugs at each CCS/chademo location tho! At least Tesla is putting 6-8 or more at each location … hmm … much like gas stations have 8 or more at each of their locations. Less queuing, more throughput.

With the next gen of EVs coming this year with 200+ miles of range, unless someone is taking a long road trip, it will be a rare case if the 200+ mile EV owners would need to use a public charger.

Leaving home with 200+ miles of low cost electricity every day, for most, there won’t be a reason to use a public charger and pay double for the same electricity.

I also expect the current sub 100 mile EVs to cycle out of the system very quickly. Looking at how fast battery costs are dropping, those old sub 100 mile EVs won’t be worth the investment of upgrading the battery.

Never having to use a public charger/gas station for the daily commute is when an EV owner is truly experiencing the freedom of owning an EV.

It’s never been about replacing a public gas station with a public charging station, continuing the same behavior.

there needs to be about 10 times as many L3 chargers than gas pumps for long distance driving with today’s technology. On the other hand L1 and L2 at home can cover most local travel.

Absolutely not!
Most of the car stay park all night at home or premise and are fully charge the next morning, not needing any charging along the day to get back home.
90 % of the time for 90% of the EV owner can charge at home
Not so much with fuelling an ICE

Exactly….and the comparison with a gas station is a bit off also. Because for a gas vehicle, the gas station is the ONLY place they can ‘refuel’. So the more the better.

But with an EV, refueling/charging happens at home, while it’s parked….no lines no waiting. Public charging may only be used if one forgot to charge their car at home and now must pay 2-3 times the price for the same electricity(won’t forget again), while hanging around a charging station, wasting an hour or so of their time.

Which means more than 95% of daily travel is supported by home charging.

However for the 5% of long distance EV travel, strategically placed charging stations along major corridors is needed. Tesla should be sharing their interstate based chargers soon.

I live in California and I absolutely don’t expect this to happen where I live. We have very few public charging locations and fast chargers for regional travel are very few or nonexistent depending on which direction you travel. And nonexistent on many heavily traveled intercity routes.

We don’t need numerical parity with gas stations. I’d be ecstatic if they put a few fast chargers every 40-50 miles along the highways and freeways regionally, at convenient locations.

Also, location is at least as important as sheer numbers, maybe more so. Who would choose to sit at a car dealer, or a power substation, or in a university parking lot, or a hotel parking lot, while the car fast charges? Almost no one. Yet those are all actual examples of installation locations.

Outside of Tesla, most people still aren’t thinking in a mature way about charging infrastructure.

Well, it better be…

And it isn’t enough.

Gas stations fill at more than 10x the rate that DCFC does.

That means that we need 10x more DCFC stations around hwys between cities.

We aren’t even close. yet…

I know this article is about the UK, but being an EV driver in the US my interest was piqued. Some googling & simple math tells me we have a LONG way to go in the states to reach petrol pump parity. First, let me say that after over 2 hours of searching, no one really knows how many gas stations or pumps there are in the USA. If anyone does know, they’ve done an excellent job hiding it from the Internet. My numbers are based on an AVERAGE of ESTIMATES. Fortunately, we have quite accurate and easily accessible numbers for public electric vehicle charging stations.

So, if we look at ALL public level-2 & level-3 chargers, not including private home chargers, there are roughly 63 petrol pumps per EV charging plug. If we’re counting only level-3 chargers, including Tesla super chargers, there are at least 188 times as many pumps as fast charging locations.

Based on this analysis, I think we are decades, not years, from equality. It’s possible fuel cell technology could catch up and dominate the EV world long before there are more chargers than pumps in the United States.

Here’s something from Wall Street 24/7 about the number of U.S. gas stations.

“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there were 114,533 gas stations in the U.S. at the end of 2012, the last year for which data is available.

The actual number of gas stations in the United States is a little difficult to pin down. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), of the country’s 151,282 convenience stores at the end of 2013, 121,658 sell fuel, a year-over-year increase of 2.7%. National Petroleum News (NPN), a trade publication, put the number of gas stations at 157,393 in 2011.

Only about 3% of the stations are owned by major integrated oil companies like Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) or Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX). About 37% of U.S. gas stations selling branded fuels are owned and operated by licensed independent retailers, and more than half of all gas stations are owned by an individual or a family.”

Knock it off, Nissan.

L2 stations are too slow for road travel.

And, with 3 or 4 charging standards out there, it’s likely you’ll be burned when looking for the right DC charger for your car.

Everyone should adopt the Supercharger standard, then EVs can get some traction as long-distance cars. What good will a Bolt or Leaf 2.0 be if I can’t take it on the road?

Q: Everyone should adopt the Supercharger standard, then EVs can get some traction as long-distance cars. What good will a Bolt or Leaf 2.0 be if I can’t take it on the road?

A: A lot… Not everyone plans to take cross country trips frequently in their car.

ModernMarvelFan, It sounds like you don’t own an EV because if you routinely fast charge it, you are definitely doing it wrong. You need to buy a home charger or at the very least haul out the trickle charger that came with your vehicle. Most EV owners recharge their vehicles at home or work and rarely need to go to the “gas station” But, I suspect you already know that. The myth of the 10 minute NASCAR pitstop is irrelevant to most EV owners.