For electric vehicle sales to ramp up further, consumers must believe in the convenience of charging stations. Thus, we need to know what countries lead in electric vehicle chargers. And how the United States performs in this area.

For some background information, check out Electric Cars Are Booming Worldwide.


Marketers Be Aware: What Countries Lead in Electric Vehicle Chargers

To understand the leaders in electric vehicle chargers, we must define our measurement tool. In this section, we look at charger density as our measure. Why? Because, this indicates the convenience of charger locations.

As Niall McCarthy reports for Statista:

“Over the past decade, the Netherlands has made swift progress to expand its infrastructure to support plug-in electric vehicles. According to data from Bond van Automobielhandelaren en Garagehouders, in 2011, the country had 1,826 charging stations. And that figure hit 33,607 this year. Last month, Vattenfall’s Dutch subsidiary Nuon announced it was teaming up with McDonald’s to equip every drive-thru restaurant nationwide with two fast charging points. That will add 68 stations to the country’s total.”

“A recent report from KPMG looked at the number of electric vehicle charging points per 100 kilometers of paved road. The report used International Energy Agency data. And it found that the Netherlands leads all developed countries with 19.3 charging stations per 100 kilometers. China has 3.5, still rather impressive given the size of the country and its huge population. The UK has 3.1, ahead of Germany’s 2.8.”

See how much the U.S. lags.

What Countries Lead in Electric Vehicle Chargers



Electric Vehicle Charging in the United States

Despite the low density of chargers in the United States, their number is dramatically increasing.

Again, we turn to Niall McCarthy of Statista:

“During the past decade, things have improved drastically for prospective electric car buyers. How? With 25 battery-electric vehicles on the market to choose from, along with 26 plug-in hybrids. Tesla Model X and S cars have become increasingly common on U.S. roads, as have a multitude of other electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf. The number of outlets has also grown as the technology has matured with 47,000 of them now scattered across the country, including 6,270 fast charging outlets.”

What Countries Lead in Electric Vehicle Chargers - U.S. Lags But Growing


12 Replies to “What Countries Lead in Electric Vehicle Chargers”

  1. I’m very surprised to see that the Netherlands are the first on the chart. I am also very surprised to see that the United States is the second to last on the chart.

  2. Increasing Electric Vehicle chargers will make it easier for people who want to take their car for a longer drive. Even though U.S. is second last on the chart, the size of the US auto market is much bigger compare to other nations and looking at the trend in the graph, US will also soon be a leader in this industry. Having at least one electric vehicle charger every gas station will only make it easier for the consumers to buy more electric cars.

  3. Before reading this, I would have assumed that the United States would lead with electric car outlets because of the vast amount I see so often and so close in proximity to me in my hometown. I’m surprised to see Netherlands, out of al places, so advanced with battery powered outlets; can’t imagine how many you’d see on every gas station corner or shopping outlet. It’s not a shock to me that the demand for the outlets have increased, technology advancements are rapidily expanding everyday. It’s the people who have to keep up.

  4. Electric cars are becoming more prevalent as seen by the chart, including U.S. for top 10 countries, therefore I believe they are the future for world. Electric cars have so many benefits and as stated there are 26 models and brands to choose from. People are becoming aware of the Earth and the damage we have caused, therefore they are trying to fix and replace our bad habits with more environmental friendly ones. The increasing numbers proves my beliefs and I think we will see more hybrid models in the near future.

  5. The statistics are not surprising at all considering the robust investment in the renewable energy sources by a number of European countries. U.S. is not surprising because of a lack of initiative by automobile manufacturers and legislators. The number of increased chargers and cars are to the credit of Tesla and their aesthetically pleasing cars and creating a new “fad” in the market which people tend to follow. Along with that, the cars are fast which was unexpected of the electric cars. Due to these reasons, more people are buying electric cars in the U.S.

  6. Reading this post, I thought United States would be the leading number with electric car outlets especially because many companies are gearing and researching electric cars. It was surprising to see Netherlands lead the charts. Electric cars are beneficial in their own way because the cost may be very high in front but in the long run, it saves a lot of money on gas.

  7. When I think about progressive culture I typically think of the U.S. I was very surprised that the U.S. was second to last. I was surprised that the Netherlands was number one by such a large margin.

  8. I am surprised that the United States is so low on the list. I do believe that the United States will become a larger market for electric cars in the future. Electric cars come in many different brands and styles. Tesla creates a luxurious cars while other brands create cheaper cars. The electric car will take over the auto industry in the future.

  9. It’s a funny catch 22, where people need charging stations to refuel their electric cars, but charging stations are only profitable to build if people in the area have electric cars. To increase the rate at which charging stations pop up, I recommend that electric motorcycles with sleek styles start being sold on a larger scale. They would cost less than a car, take less time to charge, and an electric motorcycle charging station would take up less space than one for standard sized cars. For added touch, perhaps these electrocycles could have gyroscopics in them so riders stay balanced better.

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