US & Europe CHAdeMO Installations Growing At Similar Pace, Japan Surges to 5,500

JUN 5 2015 BY MARK KANE 32

CHAdeMOs Fast Charging Stations In The World

CHAdeMOs Fast Charging Stations In The World

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This Spring, the US exceeded 1,200 CHAdeMO chargers (1,238) according to one of the latest reports, which is just 600 less than in Europe (1,838).

The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 8549.
— (Japan 5418 Europe 1838 USA 1238 Others 55) last update 2015.05.31″

But the real hot news is that Japan surged to 5,418 adding in the past year more CHAdeMO chargers than the US and Europe combined and cumulative since 2010.

 Total number worldwide stands now at shocking 8,549, but nearly two-thirds of all CHAdeMO are in Japan.

If we look back to fall 2013, there was a report on 306 CHAdeMOs in the US and 897 in Europe.

The difference was 591 stations, which means that the average pace of new installations is the same in both markets, although Europe began sharply in 2011/2012, gaining its 600 advantage.

* Part of CHAdeMO chargers in Europe/US are multi-standard with DC Combo plugs.

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32 Comments on "US & Europe CHAdeMO Installations Growing At Similar Pace, Japan Surges to 5,500"

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Charging station growth in Dallas/Forth worth has been glacial the last couple of years. I think we’ve only gained 4 or 5 Chademo stations in that time. And I get the impression they just aren’t going to add any more for quite some time as most of the companies are concentrating on areas with more EV usage. For this reason, I now recommend PHEVs to people only..

What are the states that added the most DC Quick Chargers between Dec 31, 2014 and May 31, 2015? It would be interesting to see a Top-10 List.

To help get InsideEVs started: #1 & #2 are Georgia and California. One state in top-10 that may be a surprise for some readers (Missouri). Any guesses for the other 7 top states getting electrified in 2015?

Minnesota has 22 in that time.

Where's the SAE Combo map?

No plans for SAE expansion outside subsidized metros. Sad.

SAE is not a bad when its paired with oil cooled batteries. Faster than Leaf/Chademo.

Both are needed.

“Oil cooled” batteries?



No, not really.

(Seriously, “oil cooled”??? o_O )

Considering the size of the USA compared to the size of Europe, that means the USA is behind. :-/

The US map isn’t even close to current… it shows Minneapolis as a gaping hole when in fact Minneapolis is a leader in Chademo stations with more than 20 in the metro area

Yes, the CHAdeMO association never has been even close to getting them all counted.

It’s odd that nobody has mentioned the CCS association data… oh, forgot, they don’t have an organized association.

Well, this has to piss off the CCS cheerleaders.

300% more CHAdeMO stations were added in three months than ALL THE CCS STATIONS THAT EXIST WORLDWIDE !!!

Where are all the haters from the past years? When does CCS “crush” CHAdeMO?

I’d like a formal apology from each of the “but we need to have only one charge port” folks. How about just happy to actually have DCFCs that are working and ubiquitous.

The thing that still proves that CCS Combo is a delaying tactic is the silence at the dealers. Even as roundly as Nissan was criticized for installing CHAdeMOs at their dealerships… we’d be even further behind if we never had them. And the CCS crowd still has almost none of them… especially at dealer shops. What gives guys?

Where are your 100kW chargers since 40 or 50 CHAdeMO just isn’t fast enough… as Tesla releases a $450 CHAdeMO adapter primarily for Japan but also to help fill the gaps in their network and ease crowding.

Frankly I really don’t care what the plug looks like… I care that they are available and functional. Just for fun the Nissan folks ought to add the CCS connector upgrade to the J1227 of the next LEAF… so it becomes the swiss army knife of EVs. Maybe offer SuperCharger network as an optional plug in cooperation with Mr Musk. Whatever works please.
Oh… and Congrats to Brendan Jones and the infrastructure crew at Nissan.

Certainly easy to do on the LEAF. There should be enough room; just add some software and a couple relays.

Truly, a world car.

A lot less clunky than what BMW did with the i3, putting the AC charge port under the hood when then use CHAdeMO in Japan (they don’t install CCS at all in Japan… wonder why, when it is soooooo awesome?).

The future is in combined stations with both plugs and AC plugs (this is already the standard in Europe for publicly funded stations).

Standard wars are stupid.

So those stations have Tesla Supercharger?

Obviously not because no other company uses the standard and public money should not be spent on a “standard” that’s used by a single company.

Supporting both CCS and Chademo (and updates to these two standards) is they to go with AC as a fallback solution.

So are we supposed to be super happy about 50KW DC charging? Seems to be a standard that is a bit obsolete. :-/

2/3rds is in Japan though, where it is defacto and irrelevant to other markets (given how insulated that market is to foreign brands).

In Europe, there are 1,838 CHAdeMO. But there are over 1000 CCS already. While CCS will probably not overtake the CHAdeMO number in the meantime (because many new installations are dual standard and the CCS requirement doesn’t officially start until 2017), I think it’ll reach parity very quickly at the pace it is going. And once the requirement kicks in, I think there will be more CCS-only stations installed (it’ll be interesting to see how many CHAdeMO-only stations are still being installed in Europe).

North America admittedly has been comparatively weak in CCS. Right now it stands at ~240 according to Plugshare, ~340 according to DOE, a bulk of which are dual standard eVgo stations (related to the NRG settlement). BMW is the main seller right now with the i3. VW e-Golf was just released recently so we’ll see how that does. GM will probably wait for Bolt before they make any moves.

You answered your own question. There won’t be any CHAdeMO only stations in EU countries after 2017.

But, there will be plenty of future CHAdeMO, however, it will require the government mandated CCS Combo2 plug, also.

Tesla Supercharger is still an open question.

Just to clarify, no “new” CHAdeMO only unless they are “private”.

I suspect car dealers will be considered private.

My question is how many are CHAdeMO-only still being installed today, not in 2017 (which would obviously be zero or close to it even counting private chargers).

Unless CHAdeMO provides some kind of extra feature over CCS I don’t see it sticking along for very long after 2017. Not banning CHAdeMO completely was intended to provide a transition period, but when practically every station is CCS capable and installations going forward are either dual or CCS-only, I think the writing is on the wall already.

It is rather unfortunate there is not a whole lot of uptake on 100kW CCS though.

You have the facts a bit askew… they original 2017 ban promoted by German auto makers, and the same efforts provided by GM to prevent public funding of CHAdeMO was intended to kill CHAdeMO; not provide a “transistion period”.

Now, CHAdeMO is fully approved and both in Europe and the international level. The “transition” now will lead to virtually all dual charging standards after 2017 in EU.

In Japan, or China, there’s no hope for CCS. It will remain a regional player in EU and a marginal regional player in the USA.

Yes, I realize the banning obviously was an effort to kill CHAdeMO in favor of CCS. But the “not banning” was the more moderate side saying even if they forsee CCS taking over there needs to be a transition period to minimize impact on those with existing EVs.

However, I think the ultimate goal is still for CCS to take over in Europe (similar to the microUSB policy for phones), even if they allow dual standard right now.

What sucks about this chamo system in the United States is I have only seen two or three new quick chargers open up. Most of these quick chargers are also opening only a mile from the others in the same cities that have been getting one after another for years.

And to add more fun to this party lately I have been seeing a lot of quick chargers die out on plug share. But they fail to remove the yellow dots or downgrade them.

A example of this is all of the Quick Chargers at Cracker Barrel in Tennessee their quick chargers have not worked in over ten weeks and a lot of comments are saying they have been down graded to level two.

What is with all broken Chademo chargers? Are they poorly designed? Are they vandalized? Do they over-heat?

Most of the defunct Blink L3s in Tennessee are at Cracker Barrel restaurants. Most have not been vandalized, they simply have not held up to the weather. Usually the screen goes out first.

The real question is who owns them: Blink or Cracker Barrel. Blink (Car Charging) does not own all the stations in the network. Either way, you would think that Blink would want them back up ASAP. The general consensus is that it is too costly to repair right now. That says you would think that if the owner is already ~$50k in the unit, they would want it operational as much as possible.

Most of these were put in by Dept of Energy and Blink Network’s original ownership. Now no one appears to be willing to maintain these units.

“Preaching to the choir”: the chademo system has little utility compared to the SuperCharger system. Chademos seem to be positioned without regard to need/utility.

Actually, the reverse is true.; Tesla Supercharger has little utility compared to CHAdeMO, *except* for Tesla cars.

CHAdeMO stations, unlike Tesla Superchargers, are built by a multitude of vendors, with various power ratings and features, paid for with both private and public funds, installed and operated by dozens of networks, and able to charge any car with the proper equipment, including Tesla (with $450 adaptor).

Tesla Superchargers are owned, designed, built, installed, paid for, and operated by Tesla, to be used only for Tesla.

The Tesla system is FAR better but it does require expensive long range EVs. The Tesla cars can all go 200+ miles such that 95% of daily driving is just handled with the home charger. And when a Tesla needs to be driven further, the Tesla superchargers are conveniently located between cities on major thoroughfares between the cities. It is a very well designed system . . . but it does require cars with large batteries. If large batteries become common, the placement of most Chademo chargers will seem odd.

I can’t stand the fact that there are so many standards, this is so unessesary. Fast ac, slow ac and fast dc need to be different but really the rest could be the same. You don’t have a different shaped hole for BMW petrol tanks vs nissan petrol tanks why have different shaped plug for their battery pack?

I’d actually be more interested not in total numbers of official stations, but how many are actually functional and available to all of the public 24/7, and how much they get used in practice…

There was a similar article in InsideEVs about a study of the stations in London a couple of months ago which was very sobering…

CHAdeMO is Smart Grid Ready in Mitsubishi and Nissan EV’s, today!