Official: 5,000 CHAdeMO Fast Charging Stations Worldwide


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CHAdeMO Association officially announced that it has 5,010 CHAdeMO chargers installed.

All those chargers are operated by several independent companies/individuals under different networks or as single units. We believe that not all of them are publicly available, but a significant portion of the total units are available and free.

  • Japan 2,819 (56%)
  • Europe 1,327 (27%)
  • US 810 (16%)
  • Others 54 (1%)

Well, if today there are over 5,000, then maybe at the end of the year 7,500 or more will be achievable.

“The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 5010.
— (Japan 2819 Europe 1327 USA 810 Others 54) last update 2015.01.06
— Evolution of the number of CHAdeMO fast charging station”

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13 responses to "Official: 5,000 CHAdeMO Fast Charging Stations Worldwide"
  1. Mike I says:

    Meanwhile, Tesla has 930 active Supercharger stalls in the USA compared to 810 CHAdeMO charging points.

    1. ELROY says:

      Pretty similar numbers, but more sites always beats more stalls. Just look on plug share in Southern California comparing how many cities have Chademo vs Supercharger. Not even close. Around here, chances are there is a Chademo near you. Not so with the supercharger station.

      1. Khai L. says:

        I think more coverage and availability is better than more sites. It doesn’t matter that there’s 3 chademo (in dealerships) within 15 miles of where I live if I need a charge at 11pm at night and they’re all closed for the day!

        If you don’t have access to charging at home, then I can see where more sites makes sense, but the cost of using public chargers (~$0.45/kwh) just doesn’t compare well against gas at $3.50/gallon (for a 30mpg ICE). You would be better off sticking to hybrids until public EV charging rates go down.

      2. Mikael says:

        Not at all. More sites only makes sense if they are put at strategic locations. And more sites might mean that it’s just one there which could lead to very long waits and if you’re unlucky it’s also broken.

        Plus the speed makes each stall of the supercharger count higher than a Chademo.

        So in any real way of looking at it the superchargers has the Chademo beaten in USA.

  2. John F says:

    Looking at that map, it is hard to find 300 CHAdeMO locations in the US. Are there 500 more private chargers somewhere across the us? On average, there should be over 16 per state, and since some states appear to have none or maybe one, there should be on average about 20 in the other states that have them. Does anyone have a link to a good list of where these stations are located?

    1. For US CHAdeMO locations see:

      Both have zoomable maps; selecting a pin-location provides address details.

  3. CHAdeMO Site – source:

    Also – see their story: “Norwegian consumer survey says a happy EV user converts three people around him to become one”

  4. Ian says:

    Canada…Fail. I’ll be trading my LEAF for my next electric car in a couple years (Hopefully a longer range LEAF) before I see any installed. At least sun country started the ball rolling setting up some level 2 chargers across Canada (free charging). Tesla is the only car maker serious about getting people driving their cars to be able to go anywhere and gas stations aren’t running out to spend big money installing chargers for a few cars.

  5. Rob Stark says:

    There are more Superchargers than Chademo Chargers in Australia?

    I thought since the LEAF has been on sale in Australia for ~ two years there would be more. At least at half the Nissan Dealers.

  6. The news from Japan states 6000 stations expected by March 2015.

  7. Regarding “a significant portion of the total units are available and free”, are there any numbers?

    The combination of “available and free” do not usually occur together … tends to be more an ‘or’ thing; as in
    “available OR free”.

    Re: FREE
    The majority of CHAdeMO station require some sort of network subscription, making free a less likely scenario. In US most CHAdeMO are on AeroVironment, CarCharging (Blink), ChargePoint, or NRG (eVgo) networks. All use paid subscription models, or bill for single use sessions.
    A similar situation exists in Japan where JCN (Japan Charging Network) and other networks are moving to member models as of late 2014 and spring 2015.
    The UK has one of the last largely free networks (Electric Highway) provided by Ecotricity; but they too will be introducing paid charging in 2015.
    While pockets of free CHAdeMO stations exists, most providers need a sustainable business model to retain availability in longer term, so membership and fees are increasingly common.

    There’s nothing wrong with paying for service … it’s sign the industry is maturing and value is becoming recognized. Paying does come with expectations of reliable and consistent service options with easy and convenient access.

    As more BEVs take to the road congestion has increased at existing popular charging sights (ie: local juice bars). To provide more consistent service many locations have begun limiting charging sessions to 30 minutes. This helps decrease expectations on maximum wait time. Similar to a restaurants, few customer are willing to wait over 30 minutes, so the constraint balances needs while allowing more users access to the service.

    An important aspect on AVAILABLE is 24/7 access … many independent hosting locations didn’t realize ACCESS is critical to BEV drivers. The situation is slowly improving as lesions are learned.

    AVAILABLE access also mean, a DCFC is not blocked or left unattended. The 30 minute charging session also helps in this regard, as vehicles will be better attended.

    Lastly AVAILABLE means operational. Some network providers cut corners by offering low quality equipment, or extremely limiting maintenance to DCFC. Just because a CHAdeMO station has be deployed if it is not AVAILABLE it reflects on the overall CHAdeMO image.

    In general, CHAdeMO needs to stop including failed, or poorly functioning locations (and hosts) in their reports.
    AVAILABLE means a level of trust and reliability has been established … hopefully we see better accountability as quality of service varies greatly between individual locations. This is a key requirement expected of any EV charging standard.

  8. I think Korea will only capture their attention, if they put a CHAdeMO charger on Dokdo.

  9. Mike says:

    in my area there are two Chademo DCFC’s
    Both in Nissan dealerships on the Chargepoint network.
    Which means both are $2 for 30mins and are inaccessible outside of dealership hours.
    Both are where dealerships normally are, which means nowhere you want to visit and neither have anything else to do or wait around while your car charges.
    There also also singletons and often ICE’s by other Nissans from the dealer.