Nissan Says Charging Stations Will Outnumber Gas Stations In UK By 2020

3 months ago by Steven Loveday 22

According to Nissan, EV charging stations will exceed gas stations in the United Kingdom by the end of the decade.

As we recently reported, more locations in Europe are beginning to mark their calendars for a future zero-emissions date. Expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure is paramount in these efforts. Doing away with ICE vehicles can’t come to fruition if people don’t have enough places to charge their vehicles.

Nissan based its analysis on current growth trends to come up with this estimate. The mammoth automaker is calling August 2020 the date at which EV chargers will overtake gas stations in the UK. Charging infrastructure development could prove to be one of the most influential steps toward mass EV adoption. EV manager at Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd., Edward Jones, told Business Green:

Nissan Leaf charging UK

Nissan LEAF picks up a fast charge in the UK

“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.”

EVs still only account for a very small percentage of the total automotive market share, but growth is expanding rapidly.  Figures show that over 115 electric cars were registered per day in the first quarter of 2016. This number has since grown significantly, and many analysts predict that it will continue to accelerate at a much quicker rate as time moves forward. Developers are moving fast and getting ahead of the curve for the surge that is to come.

Decreasing battery costs, longer range vehicles, additional incentives, lower operational costs, and the prospects of very little maintenance are becoming more present to consumers and making EVs viable and attainable. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, overall costs associated with owning an EV will be cheaper than that of an ICE vehicle by 2022.

The Nissan report revealed a total of 8,472 gas stations in the UK at the end of 2016, compared to 37,539 in 1970. With this rate of decline, Nissan forecasts less than 7,870 remaining fuel stations by the summer of 2020. The report notes that there are currently 4,100 public EV charging locations in the UK, which is up from only a couple hundred in 2011. This incredible rate of expansion leads Nissan to project 7,900 EV charging stations in the UK by August of 2020.

Source: Business Green via The Guardian

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22 responses to "Nissan Says Charging Stations Will Outnumber Gas Stations In UK By 2020"

  1. mxs says:

    Kind of a silly statement …. I hope they don´t count a lamp post L2 as one gas station with 20 pump stalls ….

    Anyway, but interesting that it comes from someone who has not been willing the right thing and invest in their own charging network, or partner with another OEM … like Tesla has.

    1. John Norris says:

      Agreed. 1 charging point with a one hour or 30 minute wait is very different to an 8-pump gasoline station with a 5 minute wait.

      1. Kdawg says:

        Maybe we should measure it in deliverable power. So figure the flow rates of all the gasoline pumps x energy density of gasoline vs. all the available plugs, at all voltages/currents, and calculate the power. This would have to include all homes w/plugs that could be used to charge a car as well.

      2. SJC says:

        That is the issue, they will need SIX times the amount of chargers than gas pumps do to dwell time.

    2. MaartenV-nl says:

      Without an accountant checking the books, I am not willing to bet who spent more on charging infrastructure, Tesla or Nissan.

      Nissan customers have less access to private driveways. Nissan needed to do far more on local lvl2 charging than was needed from Tesla, and Nissan delivered.

  2. scott franco says:

    Nissan could dramatically increase their number of charging stations overnight.

    By adding CCS charging to the new Leaf.

    1. MaartenV-nl says:

      Nope, nearly all CCS chargers have also a CHAdeMO connection. But many CHAdeMO chargers have no CCS connection.
      Maximizing charging availability is still best served by implementing the world standard, CHAdeMO.

      It will take some years before the local standard (CCS) is as widespread as CHAdeMO.

  3. doof says:

    Every single family home is a potential charging station – Leave home with a full tank of gas everyday

    1. ModernMarvelFan says:

      Doesn’t solve the inter city travel issue.

  4. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Not enough…

    Gas stations dispense “range” at a rate that is 5x (Superchargers) to 50x (AC L2) of the speed of typical charging stations. Sure, much of the “around town” range replenishment will be replaced by home charging, but inter city charging will make up the saving by needing more stations that are limited to much slower speed.

    It needs to have 2x to 3x more stations overall and most of them should concentrate on locations where it would make a difference. (DCFC between cities and L2 around parking lots near commercial buildings).

    1. Someone out there says:

      But EVs are not dependent on public charging to the same degree as gas car because of home charging. At least 95% of energy used for personal transport will come from slow home or workplace chargers.

  5. CDAVIS says:

    Access to a convenient & reliable Supercharging Network…

    That will increasingly be at the top of the value proposition EV consumers will consider when buying their next car.

    1. MaartenV-nl says:

      Spot on!

  6. Lars Hastrup says:

    Gasstations are already outnumbered in Denmark !

    1. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

      That’s certainly a positive sign.

      But as John Norris already pointed out, an EV charging station with 1 or 2 charges each capable of charging a car in 30 minutes to an hour, doesn’t at all approach the throughput of customers of an 8-pump gas station, with each pump capable of servicing a customer every five minutes.

      According to statistics from California the average gas station services ~1100 cars per day. EV tech and infrastructure would have to improve drastically to get to the same order of magnitude of throughput. Not that I think it’s necessary to have EVs charge in 5 minutes; I think 10 minutes should suffice for a fast charge, assuming most drivers are slow-charging at home or at work.

      1. Mister G says:

        Yes EV charging has to improve significantly for it to become mainstream.

  7. kent beuchert says:

    The problem is that these charging stations are going to be obsolete before very long. They are too slow and the prices are ridiculous. The govts have failed to provide standards IT is one unholy mess.

    1. MaartenV-nl says:

      Some governments succeeded in providing charging standards.
      OCPP, OICP, OSCP, OCHP and OCPI together are the standards the charging eco-system needs for a seamless operation.

      Those failing governments needs to mandate the implementation.

  8. Don Zenga says:

    Even though gas stations have more pumps and can dispense faster, they don’t pump gas all 24 hours a day at all the pumps.

    Between 2 vehicles, there could be 10 minute interval, 30 minutes or even few hours in the night. Similarly all the 8 or 12 pumps are not occupied all the time.

    So all these excess gas stations with multiple pumps are idling most of the time. The cost of L2 charger should be just $ 1 – 2K and they should be able to install 100,000 in the next few years.

    L3 charger is costly at around $25,000 and for just $250 million; 10,000 of these could be installed. Island nations like Ireland, Britain and Japan should be the leaders in the area of EV.

    Nissan has a Leaf manufacturing base in both Japan and Britain and should cover these nations with both L2 & L3 chargers at appropriate places. That will prompt more people in these countries to buy an EV.

    And the upcoming Leaf-2 also needs better charging infrastructure.

    1. Just wondering if any of that $700 Million Lottery Win in the United States will be used to buy an EV, Install a Home Charging Station, or any Public Charging Station?

      Since Lottery Wins in the USA are taxed heavily, the are lucky to get half in the end, but still, knowing if there are any EV Friendly types among them would be interesting!

  9. JIMJFOX says:

    ALL these arguments, mostly anti- EV are daft.
    Fast charging will become universal within 5 years. The real problem is GENERATION & Distribution of power & it must be cheap.
    Next issue- for Europe, at least; how to recover lost fuel taxes?

    1. Quebec 100% EV says:

      “Fast charging will become universal within 5 years.”
      — I believe it will be even sooner than that.

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