According to Pike Research, a company we cover quite a bit here at EarthTechling, over the next five years electric charging stations could top as many as 7.7 million worldwide.
The research firm says a predicted 37% drop in electric vehicle supply equipment will help spur sales. According to the data, up to 1.5 million charging stations could be installed in the United States alone, and programs like the The EV Project, and companies like Coulomb are certainly helping move those numbers up.
New types of electric car charging, like DC quick-charge units and wireless charging, are also projected to increase, but in much lower numbers, around 100,000 each.
If Pike’s number are correct, millions of charging stations will be needed to support the 14 million hybrid and electric vehicles the company believes will be on the road by 2017 as well. Some of those will likely incorporate some of the technologies we’ve been seeing shown off as concepts at the recent Frankfurt Motor Show.