Earlier this month, the Nissan LEAF electric hatchback turned five. Early next month, Nissan expects its 200,000th Nissan LEAF to be sold, cementing its position as the world’s number one electric car.
Alongside its family-friendly design, affordable price, 84-mile (or 107-mile) range and cavernous load bay capabilities however, the Nissan LEAF’s popularity among car buyers around the world has been helped immensely by the CHAdeMO DC quick charge technology offered as standard on high-end LEAFs and optional on all lower-trim models. Capable of charging a Nissan LEAF from empty to 80 percent full in around 30 minutes, CHAdeMO DC quick charging technology has turned the limited-range LEAF into a car that’s capable of making far longer road trips, infrastructure allowing of course.
It’s no surprise then that Nissan, and other automakers whose vehicles use the CHAdeMO standard, have worked hard over the past five years to increase the number of publically-accessible CHAdeMO DC quick charging stations around the world.
Today, the CHAdeMO association — the official organization responsible for the CHAdeMO DC quick charge standard around the world — announced that the hard work from everyone concerned has meant that the total number of CHAdeMO DC quick charge stations in the world has crossed 10,000 units for the first time.
The actual number, 10156 units as of the time of writing, includes some 2,755 CHAdeMO stations in Europe, 5,974 CHAdeMO stations in Asia (the majority of which are in Japan) and 1,400 CHAdeMO stations in North and South America. Outside of these key areas, CHAdeMO charging stations can also be found in Africa and Australasia, although the numbers for both of these continents remains fairly low for now.
Back in November 2012, there were only 2,000 or so CHAdeMO charging stations in operation around the world, rising to just over 3,000 by November 2013 and 5,000 CHAdeMO charging stations in November 2014.
That means in the past year, the number of CHAdeMO DC quick charging stations in operation around the world has more than doubled, highlighting just how quickly automaker and charging providers are now racing to install DC quick charging infrastructure.
While the physical connector defined in the current CHAdeMO DC quick charge standard was used as far back as the original Toyota RAV4 EV, the CHAdeMO standard as we understand it today was laid out for the first time in 2009. The first CHAdeMO-compliant charger, built the same year, predates the production of two of the first cars to use CHAdeMO DC quick charge capabilities in a commercial setting — the Nissan LEAF and Mitsubishi i-MIEV.
The first official CHAdeMO certification took place a year later in 2010, when the CHAdeMO association approved its first manufacturer-made DC charging station. Today, a total of fifty different companies around the world produce and sell CHAdeMO-certified charging stations, ranging from high-powered 50 kilowatt units found at motorway rest stops through to portable 6-kilowatt CHAdeMO-compliant emergency charging systems and vehicle-to-grid infrastructure hardware such as the Nissan LEAF to Home system. All told, says the CHAdeMO association, 220 different CHAdeMO charging stations and hardware devices have been certified for connection to CHAdeMO-compliant cars.
“We are very happy to see such a great progress of the protocol in only under 6 years,” said Dave Yoshida, Secretary General of the CHAdeMO Association in response to the milestone. “It is a true testimony to CHAdeMO’s appeal. While we are still on a journey to our final goal, reaching the 10,000 milestone is a proof of global recognition that the protocol is an important and lasting contributor to the electrification of transport in the world.”
“This achievement would not have been possible if it were not for the people that believed in CHAdeMO,” he continued. “Not only the automakers and charging manufactures that integrated the protocol to their EVs and PHEVs, and chargers, but also the operators that understood the importance of fast charging for the acceleration of electric mobility, governments that supported the deployment of the fast charging infrastructure, and EVPHEV drivers who, by using the chargers, demonstrated that they do want and need them. We are thankful to all those who contributed to the promotion of the infrastructure and hope to continue this fruitful collaboration.”
While there are other DC quick charging standards in existence around the world for rapid-charging electric vehicles, including a proprietary standard found only in China, Tesla’s super-fast Supercharger standard and the CCS quick charge standard favoured by European automakers, the CHAdeMO association says that fifty percent of all electric cars in the world are CHAdeMO-compliant by charging inlet.
Tesla’s Supercharger standard is the next most-popular, accounting for 13 percent of all electric cars sold worldwide, followed by the CCS quick charging standard with just 7 percent of the market by charging inlet. A shocking 21 percent of all plug-in cars around the world still offer no quick charge capability.
Of course, we should note here too that while the CHAdeMO association has put Tesla’s Supercharger as its own standard, it’s possible to purchase a CHAdeMO-to-Tesla adaptor for the Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X, meaning that in total, more than 63 percent of electric cars on the road around the world today can use CHAdeMO charging stations.
On behalf of the fifty countries around the world with CHAdeMO DC quick charging stations and the hundreds of thousands of CHAdeMO-compliant electric car owners, we’d like to congratulate CHAdeMO on this impressive milestone.
There’s just one thing we’d like to know: when will the 20,000th CHAdeMO station be installed? Given previous trends, we’re guessing it will happen some time next year. Do you agree? Leave your thoughts in the Comments below.
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