The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates there were 144,000 public fast (DC) chargers and 395,000 AC chargers worldwide at the end of 2018: an increase of 24% from 2017.
In Australia, the upwards trend has been more dramatic. The number of public charging stations increased by 143% between June 2018 and July 2019. Since 2017, the number of public chargers has increased by over 400%. This rapid increase is attributable to strong investment from the private sector.
The increase in electric vehicle charging infrastructure is significant to electric vehicle adoption in Australia, given the positive correlation between the number of publicly accessible chargers, and the number of electric vehicles sold. The provision of public charging infrastructure can help to alleviate range anxiety for Australian consumers who are considering an electric vehicle as their next car purchase.
As of July 2019, total number of electric vehicles charging stations (AC and DC) in Australia is 1,930.
For a detailed breakdown of electric vehicle charging stations, please see the Electric Vehicle Council’s State of Electric Vehicles 2019 report.