State leaders are celebrating as the state of California hits a 10,000 DC fast charger milestone almost two years earlier than planned. In September, the number of DC fast-charging points for electric vehicles in California exceeded the 2025 goal initially set in 2018 by then-Governor Jerry Brown.
The Jubilee charging station was installed at El Mercado Plaza Shopping Center in Union City, and it happens to be equipped with EVgo fast chargers (see the images in the attached tweets below).
Earlier today, EVgo’s CEO @CathyZoi1 joined the @CalEnergy Commission to celebrate hitting the massive milestone of 10,000 fast chargers installed across the Golden State, a year ahead of schedule! EVgo looks forward to continuing to support California’s ZEV goals⚡ pic.twitter.com/Fv9N6ISyTB
— EVgo Fast Charging Network (@evgonetwork) September 25, 2023
According to the US Department of Energy (DOE) Alternative Fuels Data Center, there are currently 2,076 DC fast-charging stations with 10,074 EVSE charging ports (including all networks and connector standards) within California. That’s almost five charging ports per station on average.
The EVSE ports are defined as follows:
- Station Location: A station location is a site with one or more EVSE ports at the same address. Examples include a parking garage or a mall parking lot.
- EVSE Port: An EVSE port provides power to charge only one vehicle at a time, even though it may have multiple connectors. The unit that houses EVSE ports is sometimes called a charging post, which can have one or more EVSE ports.
- Connector: A connector is what is plugged into a vehicle to charge it. Multiple connectors and connector types (such as CHAdeMO and CCS) can be available on one EVSE port, but only one vehicle will charge at a time. Connectors are sometimes called plugs.
Interestingly, the number of Tesla Supercharging stations and EVSE ports in California is 388 and 6,029, respectively, accounting for 18.7% of all locations and 59.8% of all EVSE ports in the state.
Tesla Superchargers represent the majority of all DC fast-charging points despite a lower number of stations (388 vs. 1,688) because there are more than 15.5 individual stalls per one site–compared to 2.4 EVSE ports per site in the case of non-Tesla stations.
🌟 California hits its 10,000 Electric Vehicle Fast Chargers goal 🚗🔌 a year ahead of schedule!
— California Energy Commission – ⚡#CalEnergy (@CalEnergy) September 25, 2023
For reference, the United States has 8,801 DC fast charging stations with 35,237 EVSE ports (four per site). Tesla represents 22% of the sites (1,944) and 61% of the EVSE ports (21,499), deploying more than 11 stalls per station.
Deployment of non-Tesla DC fast chargers in the US amounted to 6,857 stations and 13,738 EVSE ports, with an average of two ports per site.
That’s quite a big difference, revealing a completely different approach between Tesla and most other DC fast-charging projects (especially in the early days). Currently, other EV charging networks are also building larger DC fast-charging stations, with more stalls at each site.