Pike Research Ranks Top Charging Equipment Suppliers

By · January 07, 2013

Chargepoint station

Chargepoint ranks number one in Pike Research's evaluation of charging equipment suppliers.

According to Pike Research, global sales of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) will follow a compound annual growth rate of 37 percent between 2012 and 2020. During that same time frame, global sales of plug-in vehicles will grow from fewer than 200,000 units sold in 2012 to 2.4 million units in 2020, says Pike.

Additionally, Pike believes the plug-in industry is quickly moving from government-funded to privately backed deployments of charging equipment. Pike's latest "Pulse" report focuses on 14 electric vehicle charging equipment manufacturers and how they rank based on several criteria.

At the top of Pike's list is ChargePoint (formerly Coulomb Technologies) and DBT. Pike says that both of these firms are "leaders" as a result of their extensive range of EVSE offerings, market share, geographic reach and future vision.

Most U.S. EV drivers are familiar with ChargePoint—but less so with DBT USA, the Chicago-based subsidiary of European EV charging infrastructure leader DBT. With more than 10,000 charging stations installed in 32 countries and three continents across the globe, DBT plans to make a major step in the North American EV charging station market in 2013. In fact, ChargePoint and DBT will use CES to showcase a "joint EV charging station innovation" during the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show, taking place January 8-11.

Pike believes today's leaders, to maintain their position, will need to reduce costs; enhance charging equipment technology and features; and create a viable future business model that includes expansion into countries that don't currently have significant charging infrastructures.

Pike EVSE chart

Pike lists several criteria that must be met to be included in its ranking, most notably that EVSE suppliers must offer Level 2 charging equipment in at least two "Top 10" plug-in vehicles countries. These countries include Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Additional criteria for ranking include:

  • Strategy: vision, partners, production strategy, technical innovation, and geographic reach.
  • Execution: sales, product performance and features, pricing, and staying power.

Better Place, the company that has received the most support from investors, is notably ranked lowest for both strategy and execution. Better Place, until recently, was focused on robotic EV battery-swapping, as an electric car refueling strategy. In 2012, after failing to expand its small swap networks beyond Israel and Denmark, Better Place is placing greater attention on EV charging, rather than battery swapping.


· · 5 years ago

The price of EVSEs will fall rapidly over the next several years. At that point $200 will fetch you a serviceable L2 EVSE. Installation will be the big cost factor, especially if a long 240v circuit run needs to be pulled.

As for public charging, I think the model is broken. A large portion of the cost is transaction costs. If public EVSEs could accept coins and/or bills, the operator could save a lot on their transaction costs.

· · 5 years ago

Must be nice to be a research organization. They get to over-analyze everything and never have to get down to 'brass tacks'.

Unless of course, they did but its not mentioned here. As is, that Execution vs Strategy window is of no real use.

Seems horribly subjective to me. I'm sure GE is going to be thrilled at seeing they are way behind in both categories compared to Schneider (per Pike Research), when half of all non-californian public stations are GE Durastations, plus a 3 phase variant for Europe.

They make them but I've never seen anyplace that has Schneider public stations. So how is Schneider better than GE in both categories?

Another thing this (to my mind) useless survey DOESN'T say is compatibility.

The DuraStation apparently is compatible with everything. Not so Schneider and not so LeGrande.

Also, an unmodified Schneider will overheat if run at 100% rating..I know because I've seen it heating due to a cheap design which I redid on mine. Not so the DuraStation. And they're not paying me to say this since normally I dislike GE products. But the DS does in this instance do what it says it will.

Pike : Why don't you guys get specific and dish out some useful info such as these paragraphs had?

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

bill, schneider has had public stations out for over 2 years now and out number all others here in tennessee even BLINK we just dont brag because the are FREE to use.ge is to far behind and thier product bits and what they do have they are now just starting to sell to general public 2 years to late IMHO.

· · 5 years ago


Ok, I stand corrected then. I do know Square - D has much more of a SouthEastern presence than here. Its just some things that have happened to me lately have caused me to think much less of the company.

Item: The Bolted Pressure Switch (from around 15 years ago, a cheapened design to replace a REAL Bolt Lock switch) has had problems and its not just me saying that. For a while, you guys discontinued the 2500 amp and 3000 amp models because on those, if there was any tension on the lugs by the cabling THE SWITCH WOULDN'T OPEN.

Item: I had a QO ("THE WORLD'S FINEST') Loadcenter have its Aluminum Neutral Bar weld 'split' and then half the circuits in the panel went way overvoltage and blew everything out on those circuits.

Item: Your Schneider EVSE overheats at 100% loading. Plus it is incompatible with the Tesla Roadster, not exactly an unknown vehicle in EV Land.

"...FREE to use.ge is to far behind and thier product bits ..."

Please explain how the GE Durastation 'bits'?

· Anonymous (not verified) · 5 years ago

bill ge had there station ul listed and ready a year before sq d and many others but there grand marketing SCHEME was the same as blink and av and chargepoint they wanted to control the whole thing and not let the small biz man in on it, this will come back to haunt them. ge decided to sell only to service master as they were deemed the only ones qualified to sell and install there high tech machines!! ps my dealings go back 30 years with ge in the jet engine biz. so it was not like they did not know my qualifications.

· · 5 years ago


I think you are thinking about the WattStation , the 2 variants of which I have never seen. They were doing a big marketing blitz with a French Designer, etc and now they just sell the oval wall mount thing at the big box stores.

I'm talking about the much more popular DuraStation which preceded the Wattstation, and that they were very very quietly marketing at all.

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