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Published on July 8th, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


There Are Now More Chargepoint Chargers Than McDonalds

July 8th, 2014 by  

chargepointShould humanity ever start a colony on Mars, you can bet the first fast food joint on the Red Planet would be a McDonalds. The ubiquitous golden arches can be found just about everywhere in America, with about 13,900 locations dotting the U.S.

That’s a lot of Mickey Ds, though Chargepoint isn’t impressed. That’s because the EV charging station supplier recently installed charging station number 18,000 meaning there are more than twice as many Chargepoint EV chargers as there are Starbucks, outnumber even the mighty McDonalds. Put that in your coffee cup and drink it.

Is this the tipping point for EV adoptions? We wouldn’t go that far just yet, but it’s certainly a major milestone when a Chargepoint charging station is easier to find than your local McDonalds. Granted, many of these charging stations are centered around major metro areas where EV adoption is particularly brisk, and Chargepoint still has a way to go before it rivals the over 100,000 gas stations occupying space in America.

Then again, you won’t find a gas station in the parking lot of your local Cracker Barrel restaurant, where you can sit down and cool off while your EV tops off. If there isn’t a Chargepoint EV charger near you yet, there will be soon, that much seems certain.

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  • jeffhre

    Just one service with over 18,000 chargers? Does Chargepoint want to be seen as the Mcdonalds of charging stations? What roles are taken by the others – Starbucks?

  • jeffhre

    18,000 chargers is only the publicly accessible part of it. The tip of the iceberg.

    Each car is sold with a charger, marking the bulk of available chargers as dedicated to a single private location and vehicle. These chargers are of course not on the list. Places of business with employee chargers, other private chargers that may be available to the public, or are available on a limited basis, are also not on the list.

    So, after excluding the 120 Volt regular non-dedicated-outlets that owners allow to be used for charging, plus places with 240 Volt outlets for the public like campgrounds. Conservatively, there are more than 230,000 EV chargers in place.

  • Doug

    Now if we can spread the chargers out a bit. More needed at hotels, national parks, and other areas outside of major metro areas. I want to drive my EV everywhere!

    • jeffhre

      RV parks?

  • jburt56
    • Realist

      Typical EV hypster … read the article about this “breakthrough” its like every other EV breakthrough, still off in the future. And I quote your above article, “We have a long way to go, but we’re on the right track. It’s exciting work and we want everyone to know about it and that it’s very young but promising,”

  • Bob_Wallace

    That’s a public charger for about 8% of all plug-ins.

    Most people are going to charge when parked, not at public chargers. From what I understand the public Level 2 chargers are very much underused, people generally don’t put themselves in the position of needing a fairly slow charge when driving.

    As our EVs get longer range and people start using them for travel then we’ll need rapid chargers, like Tesla’s Supercharger.

    How many we will need is not yet know. We do know that people drive more than 200 miles very infrequently, well less than 5% of their driving days. But there will be times (holidays) when people may take longer drives at a higher rate.

    Given that a single rapid charger can service many cars per day (20+, based on a 12 hour day and two cars per hour) then 220,000 long range EVs might need only 1,100 or so rapid chargers. (10% EVs taking long trips on busy days.)

    • jeffhre

      Tesla’s superchargers supplied about 14% of Model S charges for the month of June. It appears that 86% of charging is not occurring at remote locations – but is mainly accomplished at home.

      • Bob_Wallace

        What I’d really like to see is some stats on ‘busiest travel day’ driving. What percentage of cars travel more than 100, 200, 300, etc. miles.

        I wouldn’t be surprised to find that no more than 10% of all cars on the road go more than 200 miles on any given day.

        I’m not sure Tesla owners are typical drivers. Given their higher affluence they may have a higher tendency to fly if the distance is more than a couple hundred miles.

        And I wonder how representative the current crop of Tesla owners will turn out to be for future Tesla owners. Is it possible that a number of people who drive a lot for work bought Tesla’s and justified spending that much based on their higher miles driven?

        Questions, questions….

        • jeffhre

          Questions, questions!

          I will, at some point, look back to see if Tesla’s 14% is for the number of charges, or the amount of energy used. Questions…

        • Sans, gas

          I own a Chevy Volt and a Tesla P85. My wife drives the Tesla to work, 45 miles each way. I drive 35 miles to work. On the weekends we go were ever there is a Tesla Super Charger and we spend money. Money not spent on gasoline. I bought both cars because we like to drive places and enjoy this awesome country. We may not be your ordinary Tesla owners. Even though the cost of ownership is higher now, in the long run we believe it’s the way of the future and we are enjoying it now.

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