DC Fast Charging maps highlight differences between Tesla and CHAdeMO/CCS rollouts

DC Fast Charging Plugs

Tesla touts its Supercharger network as a no-compromise solution for electric road trips, and has strategically placed Superchargers along well-traveled highways. Elon Musk himself has embarked on a coast-to-coast adventure in a Model S to demonstrate that it can be done in about the same timeframe as with any other vehicle.

On the other hand, DC Fast Chargers using the other two US standards – CHAdeMO and the SAE Combined Charging Standard (CCS) – have been deployed with a clustering strategy. So far, automakers and charging networks have largely focused on deploying these stations in concentrated regions for a variety of reasons – mainly because the EVs that use these standards don’t have battery packs as large as Tesla’s that make long road trips a practical option.

Arun Banskota, the President of NRG EVgo, recently told Charged that “it is not just about that ability city to city. It is arguably even more important to provide that confidence in the greater metro area of a city.” The NRG EVgo network has quietly become the DC fast charging leader with more sites installed than anyone else. “We believe that the vast majority of EV owners purchase their vehicles for intra-city driving,” added Brendan Jones – East Region VP at EVgo and former Nissan exec. “That is why EVgo began with comprehensive metropolitan coverage of EV infrastructure, and we are now serving 26 cities.”

New maps generated from data in PlugShare’s latest quarterly infrastructure report clearly highlight the difference in charger rollout strategies.

PlugShare Tesla Q3 Map 660 PlugShare CCS Q3 Map 660 PlugShare CCS Q3 Map 660

There have also been a few corridor charging plans announced for CHAdeMO and CCS chargers, but not nearly as aggressive as Tesla’s sprawling coverage. Until the next generation of EVs that use these standards is released with at least 200 miles of range – like the Chevy Bolt EV and a next LEAF – this is unlikely to change.

Full access to PlugShare Quarterly 2015 Q3 – US Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Exhibits can be purchased here.


SEE ALSO: Tesla says it’s in talks with other automakers about sharing the SuperCharger network 


Source: PlugShare Data

  • http://www.electricshowroom.com Collin Burnell

    We really need CHAdeMO charging in Baker and Yermo, California to bridge Las Vegas to L.A.

    • Dave_SRQ

      Which EV are you needing the CHAdeMO to support in this region? I assume not Tesla because the Tesla superchargers are already serving this corridor.

      • http://www.electricshowroom.com Collin Burnell

        All EV’s with CHAdeMO. And if your are going to put in CHAdeMO charging, you really should include J1772’s as well as a backup.

        • Dave_SRQ

          I understand the need for CHAdeMO, but the EVs you reference are “city cars”, due to limited range. Nobody will be taking roadtrips in EVs that have a driving range of 73 to 100 miles. Even if the CHAdeMOs were perfectly placed, you’d be driving for 1 hour and then charging for 30 to 60 minutes, and repeat. CHAdeMOs charge much slower than Tesla’s superchargers. That’s painful.

        • http://www.electric-car-insider.com electric-car-insider.com

          Agree with Dave. Unless “the journey is the reward” no one is going to be taking an 80 mile BEV from LA to Las Vegas. Except for the people who are really fond of desert tortoises, it’s not much fun out there.

          Once other BEVs get 200 mile range, it’s doable, but will not be a competitive offering until the charge speeds rival Tesla.

          J1772 as a backup is a total non-starter, unless you mean at hotels where you are going to stay overnight. I don’t know too many people who would consider charging for 4 hours to drive one a viable option.

          Going from Supercharger to J1772 is like taking your seven league boots off. Positively disorienting.

    • Michael B

      Sacramento to Portland is an embarrassment for California. Nothing up I-5 or 101 to the border (can’t get there in a LEAF), and then bam! both the 101 and I-5 corridors full of Chademos from Oregon’s southern border to Portland. *Dozens* of them, spaced nicely 50-100 miles apart. Get with it CA(RB)!!!!!!

  • Michael Walsh

    WAKE UP TEXAS!! We need to saturate the “TEXAS TRIANGLE” with Chademos so even a LEAF owner with 85 miles of range can go between cities. NRG HELP US OUT And start installing them in BASTROP, Columbus or LaGrange, WACO, COLLEGE STATION, ETC.!

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4C5qWwFTFY hljmesa

      Thats sooo Texas………….

      • Electric Bill

        LOL! Funny you would say that… Norwegians use “Texas” as slang for “crazy”! (Google “Norway slang Texas”, and you’ll get dozens of hits from Huffpost, NBC, local Texas papers, etc… I’d link one or two, but for some reason I can’t get the Charged EVs comment box to accept cut-and-paste).

        Texas has their own backward way of doing just about everything, such as banning Tesla corporate sales showrooms… so it’s come back to bite them on the butt… now they’ve made themselves international buffoons.

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4C5qWwFTFY hljmesa

          I don’t miss much…………. 😉

  • Jay Donnaway

    Well, the maps make sense since CHAdeMO extends the utility of city cars within metro areas, Superchargers are all for distance travel and CCS is the minimum required for compliance. (California Compliance Standard?)

  • Charles Alvin Scott

    Wow am I the only guy who thinks Hydrogen is the medium for longer journey’s by cars. I note that there is a distinct lack of anything coming from Battery EV people about doing trucks.

    #HyPulJet Hydrogen Pulse Jet Rotary Engine Range Extender, about to start prototype. Latest improvement to reduce/stop NOx formation also make a reduction in fuel consumption to an engine approx 300 cc. Because the fuel consumption will be so low, I am now able to consider an onboard fuel production system, Hydrogen – Oxygen regenerative braking will provide some of the compressed air to add to turbo chargers and electric supercharger.

    So whilst Tesla will be at the super charger for 20 minutes, the H2 Rotary Re EV will be 20 miles further down the road for each stop and with recycled exhaust H2O 15 gallons of water should provide approx 1,000 mile range.

    I will be Crowd Funding the prototype engine and a proof of concept H2 EV early in 2016

    http://www.thehydrogenanswer.co.uk will be upgraded to be the base for the funding campaign.

    Best Regards
    Al Scott

    • Wade

      The problem with hydrogen is that “refining” it consumes more energy than is produced. It’s just not efficient.

      Better off combusting Nat Gas, where most hydrogen is made from anyway.

      H2O is not hydrogen. Turning water into hydrogen takes more power than is produced by the hydrogen.

      And 200 miles is quite enough driving for me in one sitting. I need to stop, stretch my legs, urinate, and refill my water bottle anyway. EV’s are perfect for me.

      • Charles Alvin Scott

        Yes Wade H2O is not Hydrogen but having a very low consumption H2 Ro engine I believe (not fact yet) that it is low enough to hydrolise the water into Hydrogen and Oxygen. I guess you missed the point that the engine is designed to enrich the compressed air with Oxygen making the combustion of H2 in a low volume chamber more efficient.

        Yes Wade producing H2 from water does take energy and there is waste completely agree. Where does the electricity come from which you will normally recharge with, (Note that some of the super chargers are solar powered.) The vast majority of plugins use Grid electricity from Fossil Fuel power stations. How much wasted energy is there at power stations, How much of the energy generated is then lost through the grid, power lines and step downs etc.The figures for the German Grid indicate major waste factor.

        So I have Off-grid Onsite generation and hydrogen production, the system costs say £20,000 for round figures that costs £1,500 a year over 15 years. My electricity is a flat cost of £1,500 and using some of the electricity generated for that yearly costs is used to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen does not cause any higher costs to produce and the waste in converting it back to electrical energy also has no extra cost.

        The latest LEAF has an increased range to 100 or so miles depending on many driving conditions, our service stations are roughly 20 miles apart. Do you go for the next one or stop at the 80 mile one. Likewise the Tesla, unless you pay out for the extra big battery the range is restricted Yes it is double the LEAF but it is treble the price at least.

        The GM Volt is the best option 35 to 65 miles on battery and then a petrol range extender powering the electric motors (BMW 3i and 8i ) Normal running/commutes completed on battery with longer distances making use of petrol. Some of the Volt drivers have only refilled the petrol tank once a year with others twice a year.

        So if you replace the petrol range extender with a Hydrogen-Oxygen Re then there is the same effect, you do not need so much H2 – O.

        Wade this is not about costs/savings, this is specifically about CO2 emissions and saving the Planet for future generations.
        Al Scott

  • Wade

    The Tesla Supercharger network is a huge draw for me. I will eventually replace my Volt with a 200+ mile BEV, but fast charging availability will be a huge consideration for which BEV I will decide to buy. I live 100 miles from a Supercharging station, but that’s close enough to go most places that I would normally travel to.

    I do hope Tesla sees some competition once the Model 3 is available. I would love a Nissan EV sports car.

  • http://www.sunspeedenterprise.com Richard Sachen

    I agree that more rural DC fast chargers are required. That’s one of the reasons I founded Sunspeed Enterprises, to bring chargers to rural areas. While grants and loans are available, finding the matching private funds has been the real limiting factor. Auto manufacturers want exclusivity, site owners balk at the high cost, and the Angel and VC investors can make better returns investing in cell phone apps. Maybe the electric companies will get the go ahead to invest in the infrastructure to fill these needs.

  • sowhat

    It’s cool that Tesla can use all of those (with an adapter).

  • mark

    The route to San Francisco from Los angles is only 2 dc fast charge stations away from being done . This is the 2 areas with the most EVs and heavily traveled routes. it would close one of the questions of how do you drive to _____ if you have to?

  • L Baroody

    The California Energy Commission released a funding opportunity notice for $10 million in July for DC fast charger installations on North-South highway corridors including I-5 from Oregon to Baja, Highway 99 from Red Bluff to the Grapevine and U.S. 101 between San Jose and Buellton. Applications are due by November 25th. (see http://www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/GFO-15-601/)

  • Ulrik Horn

    Tesla’s strategy is probably a preparation for rolling out their commercial vehicles, no?