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Rapid growth for charging points

2013-05-20 08:41

DETROIT, Michigan - The number of electric-vehicle charging stations is expected to grow substantially by 2020, according to a new report compiled by IMS Research.

According to the Detroit News there were 135 000 EV charging stations globally in 2011 but that number is expected to grow substantially by the end of the decade. The report said there should be 10.7-million by 2020, thanks to by growing electric-vehicle markets such as the US, China, Japan and Germany.

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IMS Research associate director Alastair Hayfield said: "While volumes may not reach the levels imagined in the hype of 2009, it is clear that there needs to be charging infrastructure in place to support this change in mobility."

There are 5894 electric-vehicle charging stations in the US, according to the US department of energy.

A lack of charging stations is cited as a reason for uninspiring electric-vehicle sales said the Detroit News reporter. Through April 2013, sales of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles comprised about a half-percent of all new vehicle sales in the US.