Number Of CCS Combo DC Fast Chargers In Europe Hits 5,000

AUG 6 2018 BY MARK KANE 16

Finally, the number of fast chargers with CCS Combo DC plugs reached the milestone mark of 5,000 in Europe

CCS Combo charging plug (European version)

The year-over-year growth amounted to some 50-55% (over 1,700 new installations since August 2017), but still most of the CCS chargers are concentrated in just several countries.

The growth and locations of the Combo chargers is tracked by the CCS Charge Map.

A significant characteristic of CCS Combo locations are that they are also multi-standard chargers, with both CHAdeMO and/or 3-phase AC type 2 along for the ride.

Typical power output is between 20 to 50 kW, but there are also 100 kW units, 175 kW or even 350 kW units.

Total number of CHAdeMO in Europe exceed 6,250 in June.

According to the map, currently around 90% of the CCS chargers (almost 4,500) were confirmed as available 24/7.

Germany and the UK remain the countries with the highest number of CCS Combo chargers installed:

  1. Germany – 1,176
  2. UK – 925
  3. Norway – 497
  4. France – 483
  5. Sweden – 348

5,000 CCS chargers installed in Europe (data source: CCS Charge Map) – August 2018

5,000 CCS chargers installed in Europe (data source: CCS Charge Map) – August 2018

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16 Comments on "Number Of CCS Combo DC Fast Chargers In Europe Hits 5,000"

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If you look at the size of these countries, some of these numbers are pretty surprising.

The plan for Germany is to have at least one CCS charging station in every 20 km square you can draw on a map. So there are still a few missing.

I’m not saying that this is necessarily sensible but no one will be able to claim that they don’t know where to charge.

I would say pretty within expectation if you look at the individual economic development. Western Europe pretty strong, Northern Europe even stronger due to environmental policy commitment (although don’t underestimate the area of those countries), Southern Europe generally apprehensive as well as Eastern Europe.

Ubiquitous fast charging infrastructure in Europe is an important way to make EVs a mainstream option, given that many Europeans live in multi-dwelling units and apartments without access to dedicated parking where they can charge overnights. Large American cities should work on that, too.

You don’t need dedicated parking. You just need enough chargers at public parking spaces. Ensuring that is way more useful than building more fast chargers; and probably easier, too.

In Amsterdam, any EV buyer can request a charging spot to be installed near their living place, if there aren’t enough already. That’s the right model to follow for other cities.

I wonder how Egypt and Morocco sneaked into Europe. Turkey at least is partially in Europe. 😛

Electromaps accounts for Spain 168 CCS Chargers so, in spite of being still a big shame compared with our neighborhood, makes me wonder what the source of the data is. uses data from several different sources, but it is far from perfect. Nobody really knows how many CCS stations there are in Europe, but at the very least there are over 5,000.

CCS Map counts locations not charging points. This might partially explain the big difference.

If you compare for example Tesla charging points with CCS in Germany, there are almost twice as many CCS plugs vs Tesla Plugs. If you compare locations there are about 6-7 CCS stations for every Tesla location,, since Tesla usually has locations with multiple charger. Many CCS locations are often just a single charger, except on some motorways.

No, it doesn’t, both data talk about locations. Besides, just in case I have collated both CSSMap and Electromaps sources and the first one skips many locations nearby that I know they exist and are working since at least half year.

I don’t know how reliable this source is. Electromaps is fed by its registered users. This one doesn’t. Just announces their sources (Electromaps among them), but does not say anything of how data is inserted.

According to my information, in and around Strasbourg is only 1(!) CCS charger – which is part of a IKEA store…
Obviously it’s better to use the A5 instead of the A35 with an CCS EV…


I’m somewhat shocked that there is not a single CCS (nor Tesla) fast charger along the main transit route between Berlin and Poznań… It’s almost 300 km; so apart from the longer-range Teslas, very few EVs have a chance of making that route at a reasonable speed.

The more important question is why you would want to take that route… 😉 That charging is scarce in Eastern Europe is of no real worry, it will come there sooner or later too when people there afford EVs.

Point is, there is a Supercharger and a bunch of CSS chargers *in* Poznań (and in many other places throughout Poland) — but zero on the entire route between Berlin and Poznań…

I just want to make it clear that CCS-map uses a very lax interpretation of the term “charger”. It’s not actually charger, but station. There are over 5.000 charging stations in Europe that have at least one CCS charger. The actual number of CCS chargers is bigger (because a lot of these stations have more than one CCS charger, or plug, whatever you want to call it), but unknown, since there are no statistics on that.

Have a look here
You can break it down by country, station, plug type, etc. Not sure about data accuracy, but these crowd sourced sites can be astonishingly accurate at times.