Interestingly, at the start of 2017, there was an EVSE for every 7 Electric cars. Yes, as the chart below shows, for a total electric car population of about 3.1 million, there were about 430,000 EVSEs (normal and fast charging EVSEs together).
While the normal (slow, AC charging) EVSEs were fairly well distributed in terms of country, with China, USA and Japan leading the pack, for fast chargers, it was completely dominated by China which accounted for over 80% of the total 112,000 fast charging outlets! This, despite the fact that China accounted for only about 30% of the total electric cars on the road at that time.
One of the reasons for the Chinese domination of the electric vehicle charging stations (as well as the electric vehicles themselves) could be the real health threats that the Chinese urban population face from air pollution!
There were almost an insignificant number of fast charging stations worldwide prior to 2010. By 2013, this had gone up to about 5000, and since then, the fast charging infrastructure has seen an exponential growth, thanks mainly to the Chinese investments in these. The exponential growth of fast charging stations seen in the chart below is typical of the chart one seen in many sectors where China decides to go big!
By 2016 end, the world had over 110,000 DC fast charging stations, about half of that of the normal DC charging stations. Stunningly, between 2015 and 2016 alone, the sector saw an almost 30% increase – as noted again, driven by the Chinese supercharged investments in this sector.
Whereas in India the growth of EV charging station is in its niche stage. The statistics on the number of EV charging station installed in India are mentioned below:
See also the blog posts:
- Components of EV Charging Station – Power Electronics, Charge Controller, Network Controller, Cables
- India EV Charging Stations Stakeholders – Solution Providers, Installers for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
- Cost Components for Setting Up an EV Charging Station – AC, DC Fast Charging – Hardware, Software, Permits…
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