The Rise Of Electric Vehicle Charging Points Charted For U.S.

APR 10 2018 BY MARK KANE 41

The number of charging points in the U.S. increased in 2017 by about 17.5% to over 47,100, which is more than 100 times than back in 2008.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance notes 6,270 DC fast charging outlets (13%) split between:

  • CHAdeMO (30%): >1,880
  • CCS (23%): >1,440
  • Tesla Supercharger (45%): >2,820

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The rest (87%) of the nearly 41,000 are AC spots:

  • AC Level 2, typically 7.2 kW (81%) – some 38,150
  • AC Level 1 (6%) – 2,826

Those are the numbers for the end of 2017, so today there should be plenty more charging stations.

The Evolution Of U.S. Electric Vehicle Charging Points (source: Statista)

source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“AC Level 2, typically 7.2 kW (81%)”

Where the hell is that?!?!?!?!?

I have only seen 1 of those. The rest are 3.3KW and 6-6.6KW AC L2.

Note: I’m not including Tesla Dest/HPWC’s.

Even listing AC Level 1 is a joke. Every wall outlet in the country is an AC Level 1 charging port. Why don’t we just add up every wall outlet in the country, then we can show we show we have a couple of million AC Level 1 charging ports.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous


You can’t just come to my house to charge your car. But at those 2800 sites, you can!

O think you could only count the plugs that are near or on the front of the houses or in the garage. Even then you probably end up with a couple million plugs.

Level 1 charging is reasonable for long-term parking spots. If you have them in a park-and-fly lot they would be just right; by the time you come back from your trip even a large battery will be fully charged. And since it’s so easy and cheap to put in, you could have them on lots of spaces.

I get the criticism, but have seen 120V outlets in workplace parking spots (a public school). Lots of the sub-10KWh PHEVs can get enough juice to make a one-way electric trip become both ways.

Actually, I’d regard 120v workplace charging some of the lowest cost “fruit”, in swapping gas to electric miles. At 6KW and more, many of the ~50KWh+ BEVs are simply banking watts, and could have made it home anyway.

The concern I have for this article is a finite amount of policy dollars chasing infrastructure, for the benefit of those without plugs (who effectively require fast-DC supercharging), where easier environmental progress could be made bridging the gaps in trips made by those with plugs, who neither need fast-DC at home, nor any subsidy for their inexpensive ($500) home charger.

Environmental policy isn’t always putting the environment first. -Like ‘America First’. Think “MEGA”.

From article:
“Bloomberg New Energy Finance notes [US] 6,270 DC fast charging outlets (13%) split between:

CHAdeMO (30%): >1,880
CCS (23%): >1,440
Tesla Supercharger (45%): >2,820”


*Convenient* and *reliable* U.S. DC fast charge outlets split between:

CHAdeMO (0%): 0
CCS (0%): 0
Tesla Supercharger (100%): >2,820

If they’re so convenient why does everybody with a Tesla always ask me if they can plug in and charge at my house??

The general answer I get back is that they wouldn’t rather be bothered to stop off at a SC and deal with all the congestion.

Gonna have to start charging them!

@DJ, Lol… perhaps you do need to charge your Tesla electricity mooching friends!

I have two Tesla HPWCs (high power wall chargers) at my home and non of my Tesla owning friends have ever asked to use my home chargers.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Gonna have to start charging them!”

Isn’t that what you’re doing when you let them?

Haha..!!! Good one!!

Charge them, I already talked to my landlady and when I get my car my rent will go up by the amount the electric bill increases. We have the bills for the last two years to compare with so we should have no problems.

Perhaps you’re in California? In the middle of the country there is no SuperCharger congestion.

Tesla owners will tell you only select places in California witness congestion. Oh yeah, there was the solar eclipse traffic, but then even gas stations had lines.

SuperCharger congestion is right up there with Model 3 exterior issues, when it comes to internet myths.


I’ve done several longer trips in my i3s and used quite a few CCS chargers and most have been convenient (I can only think of 1 that wasn’t just off the road I was on), and they’ve all worked.

So, while I would readily admit the Tesla network is better, CCS reliability/convenience is better than you suggest, at least in the FL/GA/SC/NC area that I’ve used them.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

It just takes one CCS station to be offline to piss you off.
Most have only one handle, if you’re lucky it might have 2.

Right, agreed. And you have multiple manufacturers taking no direct responsibility for reliability, whose bean-counters don’t want the cars to succeed anyway.

Just this week, it was interesting to read the “fleet” housing plans for all the AV’s everyone is expecting. Basically, the dealership model’s space is to be redeployed. Their chargers will be behind lock, and key.

Part of the reason GM owns a portion of Lyft, is to be on the side that benefits from why the bean counter, above, wouldn’t want field charging to succeed. If GM owns the car, it will take responsibility for its reliability/charging, and save on maintenance. If you own the car, GM loses on the profit margins selling it, and its dealers *lose* on maintenance.

I agree that you’re more likely to have a problem with CCS than Tesla and I said as much, but the claim was that there are ZERO convenient and reliable CCS stations, which my experience disagrees with.

@Meh said: “I’ve done several longer trips in my i3s and used quite a few CCS chargers and most have been convenient… “

@Meh, So with your i3s how much time does a CCS charge stop take you and how many miles do you gain per charge stop?

“So with your i3s how much time does a CCS charge stop take you and how many miles do you gain per charge stop?”

~80 miles in 30 mins

Or in my most common use case, ~30 miles in ~10 mins. That tops me off enough to do a ~180 mile round trip to Disney once or twice a month while I grab a coffee or something inside the Dunkin Donuts it’s attached to right off of the interstate.

Convenient and Reliable

Again, I’m not saying the CCS network rivals Tesla’s network, but I don’t agree that there are zero convenient and reliable CCS chargers.

There are at least four CCS/CHAdeMO combo DC chargers within a ten minute drive from my house. The nearest Supercharger is 20 miles away. But please tell me more about how convenient the Superchargers are.

Easy, if you have the Tesla, you have the range such that you don’t need that Supercharger, except when you are returning from a much longer road trip!

I have a similar setup although the supercharger is more like 10 miles and the chademo are 5 miles. The reality is that I would rather drive an extra 5 miles to get more power but most importantly, more reliability. All the Chademo’s are solitary and the supercharger is 12 bays.

But I have not been to the supercharger since I don’t need the charge….

Most of the Chademos are not right on the highway.

Day to day – destination or home charging. Quick chargers are for long trips. The solution to apartment dwellers and renters is not quick charging. It is work charging or apartment/rental install.

Meh. Who needs fast charging? I charge at home 98% of the time. And there are plentiful and convenient L2 chargers all over. Over 1 year of EV ownership, I have yet to use or need DCFC.

Sounds like EV Utopia! Or, you just are not like the guy that told me he drives 1,400 Kms, either ‘In A Day’, or ‘Per Day’, not quite clear which, but clearly, that doesn’t sound like your use case!

+100 Understatement of the week!

The average car consumer (even if pro environmental and/or pro energy security) is not willing to trade in their ICE for an EV if it means being subjected to a battery charge inconvenience each time they make that occasional long distance trip.

Providing access to a convenient & reliable fast charge solution is a MUST for EV makers to reach beyond the niche EV “earlier adopter” consumer. Thus far only Tesla has successfully delivered on this point… meaning currently only Tesla has an opportunity to reach into the wider consumer car market with an EV product.

That does not mean each EV car maker needs to establish their own proprietary fast charge network. But it does mean that at a minimum the EV car makers need to (perhaps as a consortium) assure that their EVs are capable of accepting a fast charge and that a fast charge network is installed ahead of the EV supply curve.

??? But they get the gas for free when they do long trips?

Naw…But some people think their Time is incredibly Valuable to them! Yet, they are still traveling….By Car! Essentially, they bought a Car (Or a SUV, Van, Minu-Van, or Pickup), and didn’t Buy themselves a PLANE! So, that tells me, that their TIME is not as valuable to them, as they claim it is, when they argue about how long it takes to charge a Tesla, particularly, or other EV’s, in General, since Flying ones self can be 2x to 3x, or even 4x+ faster, than Any Driving! I used our Work Flyibg Club Cessna 172, to Fly to Chicago on day. The Flight time was only 5 Hours, instead of a 10 Hour Drive! And that is about the Slowest 4 Seat Plane I have Flown! The C-182 RG, would have been much faster, since it Cruises at 180 Mph, instead of just 120 Mph, like the C-172! As it is, I doubt people have even considered such an option! In some cases, even Hiring a Pilot, or an Instructor, would be dual purpose: you get where you are going, faster, and get to learn to Fly along the Way! Then, later, you can do the flights without the instructor,… Read more »

“The average car consumer (even if pro environmental and/or pro energy security) is not willing to trade in their ICE for an EV if it means being subjected to a battery charge inconvenience each time they make that occasional long distance trip.”

The average car consumer can be shown how vastly convenient charging at home and how much time overall you save compared to that rare road trip, when charging can be done during normal breaks anyway.

Let’s help educate average joe car consumer with some basic math. Joe does 15,000miles/yr 3% are trips longer than 200 miles. Which current EVs can do without any charging. But let’s say they take that trip all at once, so that’s a 500 mile trip (and back). Joe average drives an ICE that gets 25mpg. But let’s face it, probably they are driving a large vehicle loaded with people and stuff for that long trip and are getting considerably less. But let’s be generous. The average miles of normal (non long distance) driving is 14,500 miles for the year. Divide by 52weeks is about 280miles per week. That means filling up about once per week. Let’s say 50 fillups per year. 10minutes per fill up would mean spending about 8 hours dealing with refueling over the course of the year. You also need to change the oil at least twice per year. So that’s another 2 hours of inconvenience for a total of about 10hours wasted of Joe’s life. Let’s compare to an EV. During those normal 14,500miles of driving, Joe is charging at home or while at work or maybe out at a shopping center or movie or restaurant.… Read more »

Oops. Joe forgot to add the 1 hour spent charging the EV for the course of the year to the 4 hours trip charging. But 10 is still greater than 5.

Good thoughts Joe. Here’s my write up version of time spend fueling a gas car versus time spent charging an EV, per year. In the U.S. the average man drives 16,550 miles per year, while the average woman drives 10,142 miles per year, so figuring a generous average of 15k miles a year, 5% is 750 miles. Figuring 100-150 miles per fast charge session, this means 5-8 fast charge sessions a year. Tesla average yearly Supercharger use is 5-8%, and there are a couple factors that push it that high too. In the future fast charging for longer range EVs like Tesla is actually expected by some analysts to reach around 2%. Another interesting comparison is the total yearly time spent fueling an ICE car versus an EV. With an ICE car, figuring fueling time of about 15 minutes per month gives 180 minutes per year which is 3 hours. So a total of 3 hours a year are spent fueling a gas car. With a long range BEV, figuring 20 minutes fast charging to regain 100 miles, 5% of yearly charging (750 miles) requires 2 1/2 hours, and 2% of yearly charging (300 miles) is just one hour. This… Read more »

Joe, that idea, should be converted into a set of formula, included in a web page, that incorporates a Data Base, and a Survey set of questions, so it can Answer Someone’s Specific Case! Like: “Distance Frome Home to Work (Miles or Kms, check which)? # of Days you commute to work per week? Do you work Weekends (Sat/Sun)? How many Weeks Vacation Do you Get per year? How far do you drive on Vacation, (Per Day / Per Week)? Departure/Return City? Destination City(s)?

A little Javascript, a little Data Base collectin of the Data, and. PlugShare interface, and we could display part of what yous described!

For the ICE Comparisons, we would also need: What Vehicle do you Drive (Make, Model, Year)? How frequently do you do Service? Is it serviced at A Dealer? Small Shop? Or D-I-Y? Current Range per Tank? Cost to Fill/Gallons to Fill? It shoul be Doable, and a users data could then be presented against other users of the site, showing how they compare!

Better, if a profile was created, they could later log in, and add or update their vehicle, and if they since bought an EV!

As a 2 EV household, I don’t disagree. But – modern cars will not do 2 oil changes per year. Typically one per year or 15,000 miles.

Second – the 10 minute for gas station stop is a little high. When I did such things, I would stop by on the way somewhere so it was no special trip. It typically took 2-3 minutes to fill a tank and I live in an area where there are rarely lines. So I don’t think 10 min is fair. Now if you live in CA and go to Costco – different story.

@Joe Average said: “Let’s help educate average joe car consumer with some basic math…”

Average Joe consumer cares not about a long complicated math explanation. Your math though may play well for geek early adopters like us.

I must not be average. My family makes 1 long(ish) trip annually, and we just recently traded our 2010 Prius in on a Chevy Bolt. We still have an old car and a pickup truck, but the Bolt can easily do all but that one trip.

We decided that we’d either fly or drive the pickup if there wasn’t at least some DCFC on route to where we want to go. The Bolt should be able to reasonably make a regional trip if we choose to try the adventure of it.

Wow, then we are blessed in the Netherlands with 33.600 AC and 800 DC chargers with 234 times less surface!

Yes sir… And Fastned is a world class example of a fast charge network!!!

There are 121,446 gas stations in the US. We are more than 1/3 of the way there