Here's one European "union" that plug-in advocates will support.

Europe's electric-vehicle charging station revenue will jump more than tenfold by the end of the decade as automakers work towards a unified charging standard and demand for plug-in vehicles rise, Pike Research says.

Annual European charging-station revenue will increase to about $1.27 billion in 2020 from about $90 million this year, according to Pike Research. Germany alone will account for almost a quarter of Europe's charging equipment sales through the end of the decade. That makes sense because, according to a Pike Research report released last year, Germany will have more than a half-million plug-in vehicles on its roads by 2017 and more than 1 million by the end of the decade.

Sales will be helped by both more EV sales and a growing consensus among automakers on AC and DC charging equipment. In May, BMW, Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen were among the eight U.S. and German automakers that demonstrated a single-port fast-charging system for electric vehicles at Los Angeles's Electric Vehicle Symposium 26 (EVS26). This combo charger is competing against the current default worldwide standard supported by Japanese automakers – CHAdeMO – which is already available and in use.
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Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment Sales in Europe to Reach Nearly $1.3 Billion by 2020, According to Pike Research

BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The landscape of electric vehicle (EV) charging in Europe is quite diverse. Across Europe, multiple technologies are being utilized for EV charging. Complex regulations governing the sale of electricity vary from country to country, and several different payment models and electricity rate structures apply to EV charging services, further complicating the process of paying for vehicle charging. At the same time, the absence of a single alternating current (AC) EV charging connector standard has hampered the deployment of EV charging infrastructure. Despite these challenges, the market for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) will grow rapidly in Europe over the remainder of the decade. According to a new report from Pike Research, EVSE revenue in Europe will grow from €72 million ($90 million) in 2012 to more than €1 billion ($1.27 billion) by 2020.

"However, Pike Research expects that in a few years, consensus will be reached by auto manufacturers in the region on both AC and DC charging equipment, and market demand will accelerate rapidly beginning in 2015."

"European sales of charging equipment have lagged North America because of a lack of standards and slower than expected EV sales," says research director John Gartner. "However, Pike Research expects that in a few years, consensus will be reached by auto manufacturers in the region on both AC and DC charging equipment, and market demand will accelerate rapidly beginning in 2015."

Gartner adds that the largest market for both PEVs and charging equipment will be Germany, which will represent 23% of all EV charging systems sold through 2020.

One key emerging leader in the European EVSE market is the alliance between French automaker Renault and Nissan, of Japan. With its ZOE battery electric vehicle, Renault is introducing both a vehicle and the supporting infrastructure technology and deployment. Renault designed the ZOE BEV so that a corresponding fast charging station would be inexpensive to build. Pike Research's analysis indicates that this low-cost charger has the potential to change the economics of commercial EV charging.

Pike Research's report, "Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment in Europe," examines key market trends and drivers for the deployment of electric vehicle charging equipment across Europe. The study includes a comprehensive analysis of business models and demand factors, technology and standards issues, and the strategies of key industry players within the region. Detailed market forecasts are provided for 19 European countries and seven key market segments, including projections for equipment sales and revenue through 2020. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the firm's website.

Pike Research is a market research and consulting firm that provides in-depth analysis of global clean technology markets. The company's research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Smart Energy, Smart Grid, Smart Transportation, Smart Industry, and Smart Buildings sectors. For more information, visit www.pikeresearch.com or call +1-303-997-7609.


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      Peter
      • 4 Months Ago
      Give me another consultancy firm, say McKinsey & Co at least their numbers seem to be less aimed for headlines and more for understanding the drivers http://www.greencarcongress.com/2012/07/mckinsey-20120712.html
      Rick
      • 4 Months Ago
      More news from DREAMERS, that won't happen, not unless they are nearly electric cycle points. Yep like our EV's sales drop to 41 in the UK in May with EV sales dropping -235%, dream on its falling in the REAL WORLD. Germans are going non-nuclear this its gonna be prohibitively expensive to charge the electric car, and EVs will be about as popular and useful as a chocolate tea pot, come to 2020 there will be lots of blackouts in Germany as the supply fails to meet domestic household demand. Biggest boom in Europe is cycling not electric cars here at the moment, 2 billions are tuned into Tour De France , and it is the biggest spectator sport in world at the moment 12-15 million will watch it live. SAINSBURYS CAR INSURANCE... "REAL WORLD" 1.3 millions given up on the car in the UK. 1.3 million drivers have given up motoring this year due to high car insurance rates, new research has revealed. Sainsbury’s discount car insurance division conducted the research study, finding that a total of 76 per cent of drivers in the UK have had to change their motoring habits over the past 12 months in order to save cash. In addition to giving up their cars completely, the motor car insurance provider found that 26 per cent are no longer topping off their fuel tanks, 7 per cent have begun to car share, and 45 per cent have decided to drive less. Sainsbury’s Finance motor insurance head, Ben Tyte, remarked that the average driver’s yearly fuel bill is more than £1,700, which represents a year-on-year increase of 22.9 per cent. This highlights just how difficult the rising cost of driving is affecting motorist, as the average yearly cost of running a vehicle now exceeds £3,000. http://www.cheapcarinsurance.co.uk/2011/08/13/1-3m-drivers-give-up-motoring-due-to-high-car-insurance-rates/ 1,300,000 New Cyclists in a year v 41 EV sales in May, wonder what British trend is in the REAL WORLD? Britain’s cycling revolution is shifting into high gear. What preparations are you making for your workforce? Even in a recession there are success stories. Take cycling, for instance: until the mid-2000s, cycling had been in decline in the UK for half a century. The increasing affordability of cars and transport policies aimed squarely at motorists pretty much put paid to the humble bike as a convenient way of getting around. But now it’s undergoing something of a revival. In 2010, there were 28 per cent more bikes sold (3.7 million) in the UK than in 2009 and 1.3 million new cyclists. According to The British Cycling Economy, a comprehensive report into the economics of cycling in the UK, there were 13 million adult cyclists among us by summer 2011 – and almost eight million were more than just occasional riders. http://www.fm-world.co.uk/features/feature-articles/social-moblity/
        EZEE
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rick
        Well, you may say that I am a dreamer, but really, I am not the only one. Someday, I would hope you would consider joining me, and someday, we could be as one.
      Rick
      • 4 Months Ago
      Maybe this is what will be using nearly all Germanys charging points AUTOBLOG GREEN.. http://green.autoblog.com/2012/05/08/is-it-the-forone-smart-will-start-e-bike-deliveries-in-uk-this/ Why no coverage of "Le Tour De France" on Autoblog, you won't find a more green a form of proper zero emission untimate in greenie transport most Europeans are now shifting to on mass in the race to be the most greenest on planet earth?
        American Refugee
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rick
        You don't need to put proper titles in quotations, even in French.
        DaveMart
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rick
        You obviously don't understand the 'auto' part of Autoblog green Why don't you take your pathetic obsession off to a relevant site? Oh, of course, that is not what trolls do.
        Nick
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rick
        Rick Have you seen the Stealth Electric Bike ? Google it. I'd love to get one of those.
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      ABG presents you with another wild assed guess from Pike Research. Now discuss.
      Rick
      • 4 Months Ago
      Who in Austere Europe will buying all these very very expensive golf carts to use these stations, everybody is skint gotta bailout the useless bank, most under 25s don't have a job in Europe? There is 1,300,000 more will need more bike sheds in the UK in just a year, spot the real trends going on.
        American Refugee
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rick
        The average unemployment rate for under 25s in the EU is currently at 22.1%, so "most" under 25s looking for work have it. The rate of poverty in Europe has increased slightly since the recession, but the idea that "everybody is skint" is total hyperbole. Yes the economy is essentially flat (not significantly contracting across the EU, just flat), yet EU citizens purchased over 13 million cars in 2011, which is ten times the number of new bicyclists you constantly, repetitively, obsessively bring up. Stop it. Just, stop it. The European Union is still incredibly wealthy, and will continue to be so, no matter if places like Greece struggle to keep up. Stop being an hysterical ninny.
        Peter
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Rick
        North Americans have built up low density housing without concomitant support for mass transit or bicycle. We have subsidized "light trucks" and a vulgar race to the largest ICE by lenient legislation and gas tax that is insufficient to maintain roads. Its not that easy to save energy when we have been building for decades assuming $0.99 gas. We don't have to. The Japanese have supported Kei Cars that are limited in weight and power (and consumption) through legislation. Urban planning can carve out medium density bits in suburbia that can support retail and transportation hubs to reduce commuting distances. Such measures will work to reduce consumption and will allow for a choice in transportation options by foot, by bicycle push or electric, by hybrid or electric or biofuel, all the way up to the excesses of the V10.
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