Stepping into its 8th year of its existence, the CHAdeMO association celebrates simultaneous reaching of 2000 publicly available CHAdeMOs in the US, 4000 in Europe and 13 500 globally, which means a 35% year-on-year growth.
The milestones come amid a growing awareness of the role electric mobility plays in the reduction of CO2 emissions from transport globally. To date, almost 600 000 CHAdeMO-compatible EVs and plug-in hybrids around the world have found their owners.
Accompanying this growth in vehicles and charging opportunities is the expansion of CHAdeMO’s reach worldwide. Eight new countries were added to CHAdeMO map in 2016. EV drivers in Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Croatia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Ukraine can now benefit from CHAdeMO fast charging, bringing the batteries of their EVs from 0 to 80% in 30 min.
As electric mobility globalises, so does CHAdeMO. To its status as an international, IEC standard and a European standard published by CENELEC, in 2016 CHAdeMO added also the honour of becoming an American standard, published by IEEE.
While the protocol’s most commonly known version enables 50kW charging, the association actively works to prepare for EVs with bigger batteries. In June 2016, it announced that it was finalising the newest update to the protocol which shall enable charging with up to 150kW, with its first products expected to hit European roads in 2017.