Allego, founded in 2013 in the Netherlands as part of grid operator Alliander and now a pan-European EV network with 34 000 chargers, says it is finally phasing out CHAdeMO chargers as only 4,12% of EVs today are still equipped with the Japanese system.
Only the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV are still using it, both quite popular in the EV-pilot country of the Netherlands. Allego says it won’t replace CHAdeMO chargers overnight, but it will only install the more common CCS standard at new charging stations in the future.
Adapting to changing needs
In a press release, the company states: “As the demand for CHAdeMO-equipped vehicles diminishes and CCS gains prominence, Allego is adapting its infrastructure to meet the changing needs of EV owners.”
“While we continue to support CHAdeMO where relevant, we remain committed to building a forward-thinking charging network that caters to most EVs on the road today. We are not actively replacing chargers that support CHAdeMO. But when we open a new location or renovate an existing location, we are implementing CSS chargers only.”
Japanese DC charging standard
CHAdeMO is a fast-charging system for battery electric vehicles, developed in 2010 by the CHAdeMO Association, formed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company and five major Japanese automakers.
It is used for fast DC charging. It has the advantage that it is a quick and effective charging method, with a shorter charging period, and can charge many vehicles simultaneously. It also allows bi-directional charging, which CCS doesn’t offer as such.
CCS can offer AC/DC charging from the same port, while CHAdeMO requires an extra connector. CHAdeMO is incompatible with Type 1 and Type 2 charging without the adapter. The pioneering Nissan Leaf can be AC-charged with a Type 2 connector at home, work, or public charging points. An extra CCS connector is needed for rapid DC charging with this standard.
France no longer requires it
In the past, some European countries like France saw great potential in CHAdeMO. But in May 2021, France took a step down on its 2017 decree, which made the CHAdeMO connector mandatory on all fast-charging stations until 2024. This obligation forced networks like Ionity to install additional 50 kW CHAdeMO charging points alongside their CCS high-power DC stations.
It is now a thing of the past, but it might become a problem in the future for the value of second-hand cars like the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, being the ugly ducklings in the world of CCS EVs in Europe.