Public EVSE chargers by country and type 2018

China had around 275,000 publicly accessible electric vehicle chargers in 2018, accounting for about 50 percent of such chargers. The United States and the Netherlands were ranked second and third, respectively.

China shaping the electric vehicle market

There were an estimated 2.3 million electric cars in use across China in 2018, and so it is no surprise to learn that the availability of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) is far greater there than anywhere else worldwide. China has focused investment on charging infrastructure, particularly fast-charging facilities, and this has led to the country having around 100,000 more publicly available fast chargers than the next ranked major country (Japan). Unlike Japan, however, China is also among the countries with the largest land surface area worldwide.

What are the differences between slow and fast charging?

There are three main types of electric vehicle charging: level 1, level 2, and fast charging. Slow chargers come under the level 2 category, providing between four and 22 kilowatts of power; fast charging provides power that is higher than 22 kilowatts. The higher the power of the charger, the quicker it takes to charge the battery of an electric vehicle. The number of publicly available fast EVSEs exceeded 140,000 worldwide in 2018, more than three-quarters of which were located in China.

Number of publicly available electric vehicle chargers (EVSE) in 2018, by major country and type

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