1 million ways to plug in

1 million ways to
plug in

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Thursday 6 August 2020

The world now has over 1 million public charging stations. This is according to a recent count by BloombergNEF. It’s said that the number of public outlets has doubled in the past three years.

Most of the growth has been recorded in China and Europe. The report says North America is lagging behind in this area and that Holland had as many charging stations as the US despite its market being much smaller. China has over half of the world’s public plugs. In Europe, France leads the way while the EU has announced a goal of 1 million public chargers by 2025.

There is some hope of government stimulus in the US to help improve infrastructure there. Maybe the range of forthcoming electric pickups like the Cybertruck, Rivian’s R1T and a battery-powered F-150 might get US citizens enthused about electrics and demand more charging infrastructure.

BloombergNEF expects that globally, one in 10 vehicles purchased in 2025 will be battery-powered. It’s predicting a need for some 12 million charging points worldwide by 2040.


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