Pike Research is forecasting that the number electric vehicle charging stations will grow rapidly in the coming years, with 11.4 million chargers in operation globally by 2020. The market research and consulting firm released a report on electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) that sees 2012 being a strong year for EVSE deployment and the pace continuing from here.

The report, "Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment," is built on the premise that plug-in electric vehicle sales will see growth and drive EVSE deployment. As for the numbers, Pike Research sees more than 135,000 electric vehicles (EVs) being sold globally this year, with unit sales of EVSE coming in under 200,000. That number is expected to grow to 2.4 million EVSE sold in 2020. As for global markets, the report targets the US, Canada, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Japan, China, Korea, and Israel as places where EVSE uptake will be high. The report looks at Level 2 chargers, DC fast chargers, and wireless charging.

Pike Research does acknowledge that sales of EVs and charging station installations have been slower than expected. Almost 45,000 public charging stations will be installed globally this year, and most of this is coming from publicly funded programs, Pike Research says. There's a chicken and egg aspect to all this, too, since much of the private sector is waiting for more EVs to hit the roads before investing in more charging infrastructure. The EVSE industry is still trying to determine the best way to create a viable return on investment on EVSE station deployments for site hosts. This will become a pressing issue as publicly funded EVSE installations wind down.

Still, Pike Research remains optimistic about market growth. "Nevertheless, global sales of charging equipment are expected to grow at a steady pace as the plug-in vehicle market grows," the company says on its promotion page for the report.


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      Rick
      • 2 Years Ago
      "US, Canada, Germany, France, the "UNITED KINGDOM", Japan, China, Korea, and Israel as places where EVSE uptake will be high? 30 folk that brought their EV in August in the UK are going to be spoilt for choice with lions share of the11,400,000 charging points , great to see with us being on the massive uptaker's list in the UK with 30 sales in August.
        Sir Duke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rick
        Rick, why do you have such a boner for EVs? The economy in England is in tough shape right now, and you the British are not that high on the list of auto markets. As a supporter of the EV movement, I would be happy if only 1 EV per month was sold in England. As market consumptions trends go, England follows, not leads the rest of the developed world. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Tough economic times are changing the profile of the U.K.’s vehicle fleet, with the average car now 7.44 years old, about two months older than a year ago — suggesting cash-strapped motorists are keeping cars longer. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says over the past 10 years the total number of cars on U.K. roads has grown 9%, barely half the previous decade’s 17% increase. Through Dec. 31, 2011, total vehicle registrations in the country increased ... http://wardsauto.com/europe/uk-vehicle-fleet-ages-consumers-tighten-belts ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Every single EV sold is a good thing.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pike Research... :)
      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gasoline and diesel cars cannot park in these dedicated parking spots. If cars show up in a business and there is a lack of parking spots and the chargers are innocupied then the business owner might change his plans and remove these chargers. Also restaurants selling 'all you can eat' meals can remove these chargers if the customers stay 4 hours and don't stop eating while recharging.
      onyerleft
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an EV owner I have very little incentive to charge my car away from home. It's time-consuming, anchors me to one location, and there is no way to know a stall will be available for me when I arrive. Except in emergency situations or at workplaces, it's a hassle. Battery tech is expected to double or even triple the range of EVs within ten years, making public charging largely unnecessary.
        MTN RANGER
        • 2 Years Ago
        @onyerleft
        Charging at work is one area that benefits from having public/private EVSEs. A place where you need to park for 8 hours or more is a good candidate for charging. Other places include hotels and municipal parking.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here we go with the pike stuff again. Must be a slow news day.
      fivespeeed
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will walk before I buy an electric car.
        bluepongo1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        Please don't jump in front of my Model X when you realize nobody cares. Good luck fighting the future.
        onyerleft
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        You mean, you'll walk for a few weeks when gas is $8/gal - then you'll buy an electric car? Makes sense to me.
          onyerleft
          • 2 Years Ago
          @onyerleft
          Dave, let's take a look at that. If you have a 40-mile commute and your 5-seat car gets 30mpg, that's $10.66/day for gasoline. Subtracting the daily cost for an equivalent amount of electricity (in CA, that's $1.82) that's $8.84/day in additional travel expenses. There are roughly 250 working days in the year, so your annual additional gas expenses are $2,210. The cost of my Nissan Leaf was $32,780; after rebates, tax, license, and tax credits it came to about $26K. What new 5-seat car costs $26K? What new 5-seat car costs $15K - the equivalent cost after five years of gasoline is factored in? Do I need to subtract the money you'll spend on alternators, generators, oil changes, oil filters, radiators, mufflers, spark plugs, tuneups etc etc to make my point?
          mustsvt
          • 2 Years Ago
          @onyerleft
          You speak of the possible maint. costs of a ICE vehicle but neglect to mention how much a new battery pack will set you back. Especially being a Leaf owner, that should be of interest to you.
          DaveMart
          • 2 Years Ago
          @onyerleft
          The battery depreciation costs of the Leaf depend on how few miles of range you can manage wit, and if Nissan ever come out with replacement packs, which they tell us they have no plans for at the moment. Using the EPA cycle in temperate climates the life cycle estimates for range (Nissan base their figures on the far more generous LA4, which AFAIK very few people ever achieve) then you get around 45,000 miles down to 80% capacity. Nissan are clear that you should not normally charge to 100% but to 80%. Therefore in normal use the range new is not 73 miles on the EPA but 80% of that , or 59 miles. After 45,000 miles then you should expect 80% of that, or 47 miles. After 75,000 miles then you would be down to 70% or 41 miles. At the moment the only battery replacement available is to change all the modules, which costs around $19,000. I won't bother working out the cost per mile on that basis, but assume that a new pack might be do-able for $10,000. There is however no subsidy available on replacement packs, and much of the initial price of the battery pack is covered by that, so $10k may be more optimistic than most of us had assumed. So if you depreciate the pack over 45,000 miles the cost is 22 cents/mile Over 75,000 miles it is 13 cents/mile. Of course if you assume that Nissan will come up with a much cheaper replacement pack the figures change, but there is absolutely no justification in anything that Nissan have told us for any such assumption, and no surety that there will be any replacement pack other than as a very expensive module change.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        You had better start researching the best and most durable shoe.
        Marco Polo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        @ fivespeeed " I will 'walk' before I buy an electric car." Don't you mean 'knuckle' ?
        krona2k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fivespeeed
        Very environmentally responsible of you, though somehow I don't think you meant that!
      Ashton
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really hate how all of the groups that do these charging station estimates include level 2 chargers. They are SLOW. people will be plugging in their car at home, pretty much the only time they will charge it elsewhere is on long road trips, in such a case you would only want to use the fast chargers so you can get back on the road as soon as possible.
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ashton
        What if they are at the golf course, at the beach, at a college campus, at work? Lots of people drive places and then stay there for quite a few hours.
      Lotus Zhou
      • 2 Years Ago
      The electric vehicles are now in a rapid growth and the supply equipment for the EVs should follow the pace to meet the needs. It’s good to know from the forecasting that the EVSEs will keep growing and will reach 11.4 million chargers globally by 2020. Now it seems an era of EVs is going to come. Are you ready for that?
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