Study: 48,705 Public Charging Stations Installed Worldwide

APR 16 2013 BY JAY COLE 4

A Public Fast Charging Space In Japan Awaits A Customer

A Public Fast Charging Space In Japan Awaits A Customer

A Navigant Research study says that there are 48,705 publically accessible chargers available worldwide as of the end of March 2013.

This number is made up of mostly (more than 94%) standard AC charging, like those found in most residential, or workplace applications.  Typical applications of AC charging are of the Level 1 (120 V) variety, which provide up to 1.9 kW, and Level 2 (240 V), which can provide up to 19.2 kW.

Another 5% of the public stations are DC/fastcharging, which is quite pricey to install, but power outputs range from 20 kW to 100 kW, with most vehicles capable of accepting up to 50 kW.   A recent report from the CHAdeMO association put the total number of worldwide fast chargers at 2,501 units.

Navigant EVSE Chart

Navigant EVSE Chart

Overall, Navigant Research says the current EV charger market will close-out 2013 at around $713 million in value, but will grow to just under $3.8 billion by the end of this decade.

2013 Nissan LEAF Gets A Boast At One Of Over 48,000 Public Charging Stations

2013 Nissan LEAF (note 17″ wheels) Gets A Boast At One Of Over 48,000 Public Charging Stations

The study says that “the growth of the EVSE industry is directly tied to the growth and dynamics of the PEV market, PEV owner charging behavior, industry standards, and existing grid infrastructures.”

Navigant says North America is the strongest market for plug-in vehicles, but with a strong emphasis on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), which has lead to the highest volume of public chargers, but a slower adoption rate of fast charging.

“Because battery electric vehicles (BEVs) have been stronger in Europe and Asia Pacific, these regions have seen greater installations of faster charging EVSE technologies, such as DC fast chargers and battery swap stations.”

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To bad none of those Charging Stations are located in any Northern NJ shopping center or Mall parking lot.


I know what you mean. There is only one shopping mall in my area that has charging stations.

North America may have a lot of charging stations, but being how large our land area is the charging stations still seem far and few between compared to Asian markets. And the sad part is that the L2 charging stations are still located in the wrong places. DC fast chargers can go just about anywhere, even gas stations. But L2 stations need to be at malls and other areas people plan to spend some time.

Every public charging station should include two-way charging and an overhead solar paneled roof, sending energy either back to the grid or charge batteries.