Which companies are the top DC Fast Charger manufacturers?

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DC Fast Charging addresses the EV’s greatest drawback, allowing drivers to conveniently add range and making long road trips possible. That’s why fast chargers are popping up like mushrooms along major highways around the world, and the market’s rapid growth is bound to continue. But which manufacturers are supplying most of the hardware?

Plugshare’s popular charging station locator app generates a vast amount of data, which now includes manufacturer information for DC Fast Chargers.

Top 10 DCFC manufacturers

This graphic from PlugShare’s latest quarterly report shows the total number of non-Tesla DC Fast Charging stations commissioned by the top 10 manufacturers in the US and Canada as of the end of 2015. Vehicle manufacturer Nissan heads the list, followed by the robotics, power and automation giant ABB.

Network operator and EVSE manufacturer ChargePoint is not included on PlugShare’s list, but a ChargePoint spokesperson told Charged that about a third of the DC stations on its network were built in-house. There were 58 ChargePoint DC stations on its network as of the end of 2015.

These numbers are for charging stations, not individual connectors. A growing number of stations feature dual-standard (CHAdeMO and CCS) chargers.

Of course, Tesla is also a major player in the Fast Charging arena. The California carmaker currently has 262 Supercharger locations in the US, according to Teslarati, and Elon Musk has promised that the worldwide network will double in size by the end of 2017.

Interestingly, Tesla, with its proprietary standard, has taken a very different approach to choosing sites for its stations than have the purveyors of CHAdeMO and CCS chargers.

Full access to PlugShare Quarterly 2016 Q2 can be purchased here.

SEE ALSO: Tesla Supercharger users rate experience far better than other Fast Charging users

Source: Plugshare

  • http://ChargedEVs.com/ Christian Ruoff

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  • Brandon

    Interesting bit of info on fast charger brands. I record all fast chargers added to PlugShare in the US, and the pace at which they are being added is definitely growing, right now between 1 to 2 a day.

    There is a reason why most network operators haven’t installed very many fast charge stations across the country like Tesla has. Very simply, the EVs that would use them (200+ mile ones) don’t exist yet. Once next gen EVs become common place we will see next gen fast charge networks being built out. Here is my newest article on the subject:

    Next Gen Fast Charge Networks

    What is a next gen fast charge network? What characteristics will it have? This article seeks to answer these questions.

    Next generation electric vehicles will require next generation fast charge networks. There are three main characteristics of these networks that are determined by the needs and demands of mainstream next gen EVs.

    First is higher power. This is the most obvious characteristic of next gen networks since next gen cars are able to charge at 100 to 150 kW because of their larger batteries.

    Second is multiple chargers. In order to serve dozens of vehicles per day and maintain the highest level of reliability possible, multiple fast chargers at each location is imperative. In other words, two minimum.

    Third is intercity locations. Longer distance travel opens up for next gen affordable 200 mile EVs and necessitates fast chargers to be located along main highways across the country.

    Examples of this type of network are Tesla’s Supercharger network and Fastned’s network in the Netherlands. For higher power, Tesla is already at 120 kW, and Fastned has committed itself to install the fastest chargers at all charging stations as soon as these become available. Both Tesla and Fastned have multiple chargers at intercity locations that enable intercity travel. Ecotricity in the UK and Arctic Roads in Norway also have multiple chargers (typically two) per location, and will likely install higher power chargers as they become available.

    In the US, prime locations for intercity fast charge stations are Service Plazas on toll roads and suitable parking lot areas at places of business within half a mile from the main highway. Parking area stations will be close to food, drink, and restrooms that are available 24/7. Some will be in large metropolitan areas, but most will be spread across the country just off main highways is towns and business areas.

    Spacing of next gen locations along highways can range up to 100 miles, with much closer spacing likely on heavily traveled corridors, commuting routes, and densely populated areas.

    As previously mentioned, these locations will have a minimum of two fast chargers, and will likely have the grid connections and space necessary for additional chargers to be installed when needed. Battery buffers will commonly be employed to offset peak demand charges, and canopies with solar panels may pop up at some locations.

    Next gen fast charge network operators will have strategies and measures in place to ensure maximum charger uptime. A target of 99.5% uptime will be the absolute minimum acceptable with a goal of 99.9%. Fastned has done this.

    Every vehicle on the road serves to give freedom to its owner in one form or another. The masses will not embrace electric mobility until the EV can symbolize that same freedom that any other car can give. Next gen 200 mile electric vehicles won’t give very many mainstream consumers the freedom they expect until there exists a comprehensive next gen fast charge network that will convince them to step into one and drive electric!!

  • jstack6

    The best unit I have used is the BTC . It shows the best information on the voltage, AMPS and Percentage of Charge. It also gradually tappers down slowly as the charge progresses. The ABB drop like a rock at 80% of charge and it’s a waste of time after that to keep charging.

    • ned_plimpton

      I thought it was the car that told the DC chargers how to operate, no? So, if the charge rate drops like a rock, it’s becuase that’s what the vehicles onboard controllers are telling it to do.

      • jstack6

        From what I have seen it’s a combination of the car telling it to slow down and the DC Fast Charger charging pattern. The same car at similar tim es of day and same temperatures got a completely different charge depending on the DC Fast Charger brand I plugged into.
        The BTC droped a few amps ever 5% charge completed.
        The ABB only dropped at 61% and went from 44 kW to 4 kW.
        The Eaton dropped every few minutes similar to the BTC bust at a faster tapper.
        So it’s not just the car !

        • Lance Pickup

          I’m pretty skeptical of this. It really is just the car that requests amperage from the charger. Are you talking about ambient temp or battery temp when you say same temperature? Could it be that the outside temp was similar, but you had a hotter (or colder) battery on one day vs. the other?

  • Song Christina

    Luoyang Grasen Power Technology Co.,Ltd. is a professional manufacturer of DC fast charger in China.