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One of the most important supports for the electric car is a sufficient charging station density in order to avoid being stranded on the road and also that there should be enough charge cord outlets for everyone willing to charge, avoiding certain problems that are appearing in plug-in friendly areas.
For that reason, here are the EV markets with highest (and lowest) ratio between Plug-in Vehicles and Charging Stations:
(ABB, EFACEC, Fuji, Schneider, Delta and others, please take notes!)
Markets With highest ratio between Electric Vehicles and Fast-Charging Stations
China - 53 ev's per charging point
Japan - 37
USA - 28
Australia - 19
Sweden - 15
These are the Top 5 markets with worst ratio, speaking of each one individually, China EV market is growing fast and the charging grid is lagging behind, which it is an enormous business opportunity for every Charging Station manufacturer present there;
In Japan there's a widespread grid of slow-charging stations, but the number of fast-charging stations needed for the casual recharge during a longer trip is still small for the high number of ev's present;
The US and Sweden are a case of high numbers of ev's being delivered faster than the number of charging stations build;
Lastly, Australia is a totally different case, while the EV market is still small (Less than 1.000 units), the number of charging stations (45) is almost non-existent in such a vast country. This is a case where the Chicken (Electric car) and Egg (Charging Station) are both in very early stages...
Markets With lowest ratio between Electric Vehicles and Fast-Charging Stations
Portugal - 1,6 ev's per charging point
Ireland - 2,4
Finland - 4,5
Estonia - 5,1
Austria - 6,0
In the Top 5 markets with lowest ratio, there are three (Portugal, Ireland and Finland) where the reaction of consumers to plug-ins wasn't enthusiastic and sales remained below expectations, which meant that the grid, at least in Portugal and Ireland, is too big for the number of EV's rolling there.
Estonia is a different case, as it is the first country with a complete EV charging network with nationwide coverage, with fast chargers available along highways at a minimum distance of between 40 to 60 km, with a higher density on urban areas. The nationwide network of fast chargers were fully financed by the Estonian government in order to get Carbon Credits.
Finally, Austria is a solid case of correlation between plug-ins and charging stations market growth, with both increasing numbers at a relatively similar rate.