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408 High-Power DC Charging Stations Would Meet Long-Distance Travel Needs for Battery Electric Vehicles in the Top 100 U.S. Metropolitan Areas, According to Navigant Research

June 21, 2016
By Business Wire News


A new report from Navigant Research illustrates where to place direct current (DC) charging stations in the United States in a staged rollout, using a series of maps that show coverage for long-distance drivers of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) along the East and West Coasts and throughout the country.

Over the next 10 years, the U.S. BEV population is expected to grow rapidly, with long-range BEVs becoming an increasingly large percentage of total BEVs in use. Drivers of these long-range BEVs are expected to boost demand for DC fast charging at much higher power levels, and stakeholders have begun developing plans to deploy networks of high-power DC fast chargers throughout the United States. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, 95 stations would enable BEVs to travel long distance along the East and West Coasts and across the nation, and 408 stations would create a comprehensive network for the United States.

“Nationwide access to high-power fast charging can be achieved with several hundred stations, but this requires collaboration from automakers, charging networks, and utilities,” says Lisa Jerram, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “It is important that individual stations be placed in optimal locations for the greatest benefit, and that they be linked together in a single network for ease of use by BEV drivers.”

Navigant Research’s analysis serves as a benchmark for automakers and charging equipment companies, as well as utilities and government agencies, looking to develop a nationwide fast charging network in the United States. Navigant’s methodology allows the data to be adapted to provide a more granular look at potential DC charging needs in specific regions.

The report, DC Charging Map for the United States, provides a benchmark for stakeholders as they plan to build a DC fast charging network across the United States. Using publicly available census and travel data and customized BEV forecasts, Navigant Research has developed a set of maps showing where to place DC charging stations in a staged rollout. The report also features maps of proposed low power DC charging deployments designed to meet the needs of drivers within the major MSAs of the United States. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

About Navigant Research

Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Energy Technologies, Utility Transformations, Transportation Efficiencies, and Buildings Innovations sectors. Additional information about Navigant Research can be found at

About Navigant

Navigant Consulting, Inc. is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the Firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, DC Charging Map for the United States, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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