With more than 48,000 public Level 2 ports (chargers) deployed in the US, ChargePoint owns a dominant share of the market accounting for 50.2% of total Level 2 chargers as of June 15, 2022, according to EVAdoption analysis of data from the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC).
The Tesla Destination Charging network with 14,708 chargers has a 15.3% share, followed by non-networked chargers at 12.5%, and SemaConnect at 6.7%. The race for fifth-place ranking is separated by less than 500 chargers across Blink, EV Connect, Volta and Greenlots (now branded Shell Recharge).
At the current pace, the US should finish 2022 with slightly more than 100,000 Level 2 charging ports (chargers).
Most of this growth is likely to come from both ChargePoint and Tesla. Since ChargePoint doesn’t actually own and operate its chargers, the company has become a sales and incentives machine that sells its charging hardware and recurring software and network services to site hosts such as hotels, resorts, restaurants, retailers, and multifamily property owners.
And Tesla strategically targets destination locations such as hotels and resorts that are popular among its owners. Depending on the importance of the location, Tesla may provide site hosts its Level 2 Wall Connector chargers for free or at cost. But unlike the other charging hardware and charge point operators, Tesla can leverage its positive cash flow to build out the Destination Charging (and Supercharger) network and view it more as a marketing and customer service expense to help sell more of its electric vehicles.
With Blink’s pending acquisition of SemaConnect, the combined company would have more than 9,400 Level 2 chargers in its network, but still rank a distant fourth and just under 10% share of the market. Interestingly, ranking in third place with a 12.5% share of the market is non-networked Level 2 chargers. These chargers are often referred to as “dumb” chargers as they are not part of any networks nor connected to WiFi or cellular networks for payment or account authentication. Whether at a hotel or national park, EV drivers just plug in and charge for free and without the need to have an account with a charging network.