We foresee global deployment of at least as many electric vehicle chargers as gas station pumps

Lifecycle ownership costs of an electric vehicle are 1/10th of an internal combustion equivalent.

GREAT. What’s next?

Oleg Martychenko

Oleh Martychenko of R&S Quantum, a Ukraine-based manufacturer of fast chargers for electric vehicles

Oleh Martychenko of R&S Quantum, a Ukrainian fast EV charger manufacturer, estimates that as many electric vehicle chargers will at some stage be deployed in the world as the number of gas station pumps today. Mr Martychenko is also an M&A expert.

Before that happens, as an EV charging station operator/service provider at peak hours should you aim for a max 5 min charge and max three vehicles in the line before each charging port? Or is it already bordering on the risk of scaring loyalty out of EV drivings customers?

Sure, by now you know your basics. But let’s recap for the rookies here.

A typical fast charger today gets you 50 kW and charges 5-15 times faster than an onboard charger. Doing the AC/DC conversion, the external charger weighs around 400 kg.

Electric vehicle charger operators estimate that currently stations with two 50 kW chargers furnish something of around 560 kWh a day. This translates into 2,800 electric kilometers a day.

The next generation of ultra fast chargers is expected in 2017 and will deliver 150 kW and might be upgraded later to 350 kW.

On average, an electric car uses 1 kWh to drive 5 km.

In general, a larger battery pack can be charged faster. Most fast chargers can provide a maximum current of 125 A, but Tesla superchargers and the upcoming 150 kW CCS chargers can provide more than 300 A.

150kW-capable Audi Q6 e-tron will go into production in 2018.

Porsche Mission E electric car is scheduled for 2019. It supports charging at 300+ kW.

Here’s what happens with EV infrastructure deployment in Europe and North America today.

In Canada, EVEN Electric “will create the first global sales and distribution network for electric vehicle transportation offering multi-brand new and pre-owned vehicles through an innovative retail and online customer experience.”

Simultaneously, EVEN Electric is in advanced discussions with locations in Canada, Norway, Panama, Ireland,Belgium and the UK.

The Canadians are engaging and consulting with governments, fleets and NGOs to be part of development of EV infrastructure and deployment.

With 482 municipalities and over 20,000 ‪charging‬ ports, California, America’s most populous state and the third largest by area (population density of 95.0 people/km2) maintains 40% of the U.S. ‪‎electric vehicle‬ market.

Local EU company HEP.hr has so far opened 22 charging stations in 13 cities in Croatia. Croatia has population density of 75.8 people/km2. Last month the energy provider signed an agreement with the city of Dubrovnik (2,000 people/km2) to install two EV charging stations.

Further north, Fastned, a Dutch operator, is building the world’s first network of fast charging stations “where all electric cars can charge”. Fastned has grid connections that support charging at 150 kW of four cars at the same time.

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