International infrastructure boost for roll-out of zero emission vehicles at Global Climate Action Summit

14 September 2018

Over 3.5 million new chargers set to electrify the world, installed by 2025.

  • Goal of fully decarbonised hydrogen transport by 2030 launch.
  • Announcers include ChargePoint, EVBox, Hydrogen Council.
  • Announcement comes on-top of major announcements of 100% zero emission vehicles targets by 26 cities, state/regions and businesses.
  • Global Climate Action Summit’s #ZEVchallenge delivers major acceleration of clean transport roll-out across the world.

Global Climate Action Summit, San Francisco, California - Friday September 14

Range anxiety is set to be consigned to history with major zero emission vehicle infrastructure announcements today at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS).

Two of the biggest players in charging infrastructure are making their largest commitments yet to electric vehicle charging points – focused across North America and Europe.

ChargePoint, one of the world leaders in charging infrastructure and technology, already has more than 50,000 places to charge on its network globally. Today they have committed to a major acceleration and will deliver 2.5 million places to charge by 2025. In addition to this, EVBox have committed to 1 million new chargers on the road by 2025 which will be a mix of fast and regular charging. This indicates not just growth for them as a business but confirms the confidence in the market that the growth of ZEVs is moving at the fastest speed yet.

Taken together, and with three other energy company announcements, this GCAS announcement amounts to over 3.5m additional charging points by 2025. Both businesses are also backing the #ZEVChallenge, created by The Climate Group and C40 Cities and inspired by GCAS, which encourages and brings together the commitments of cities, states and regions as well as businesses to zero emission vehicles. This comes on-top of the announcement yesterday of over 26 additional commitments from these groups, including to infrastructure.

In addition, the Hydrogen Council is today announcing a major commitment to an ambitious goal of ensuring that 100% of hydrogen fuel used in transportation is decarbonised by 2030. This global CEO coalition brings together over 50 leaders from the energy, transport and industrial sectors. The Hydrogen Council is also calling on governments to build a global alliance that will create the necessary regulatory frameworks to help make this commitment a reality. Transport is the first focus of the Hydrogen Council with the purpose of supporting positive effects across many sectors.

These significant commitments are today being combined with a number of further announcements from other infrastructure and energy companies:

  • Southern California Edison (SCE) will commit to pursuing over 50,000 EV charging ports
  • FLO has committed to 42,000 charging points.
  • National Grid now plans to enable 10,000 public charging ports by 2025 in its US jurisdictions (MA, NY, and RI) with the approval of state regulatory agencies.

The announcements made today will result in a significant boosting in the level of infrastructure for ZEVs and provides additional future certainty. For those looking to buy electric vehicles it will leave them in no doubt that driving and charging an EV is simple, easy and cost effective. For hydrogen powered vehicles, the goal announced today only enhances the contribution that these technologies can make to achieving the Paris Agreement goals.


Helen Clarkson of the Climate Group said: “Ramping-up charging infrastructure is critical to accelerating the car market to zero emissions. Seeing charging points on the streets both normalises electric vehicles and reassures owners. It is also encouraging to see so many large industry players commit to a goal of 100% decarbonised hydrogen for transport by 2030.”

CEO of ChargePoint Pasquale Romano said: “Our commitment to deploy 2.5 million charging spots by 2025 comes as the company embarks on the most significant period of growth in our history and in the midst of a revolution in transportation. The time for transformative change is now. One hundred percent of what we do is focused on developing technology that enables cleaner transportation, and ChargePoint is proud to play a critical role in facilitating the transition to electric mobility, and supporting the Summit’s mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.”

Kristof Vereenooghe CEO of EVBox, said: “GCAS is a perfect forum to do so, a place where thought leaders from across the globe come together and look at the solutions of tomorrow. This is also why we chose GCAS to announce our commitment to having 1 million charging points by 2025. An ambitious commitment, but high ambitions are crucial if we hope to turn the tide.”

Currently there are approximately 500,000 public chargers in the US, Europe and China[1]. The 3.5m new chargers announced at GCAS today will support the forecasted 37 million EVs that will be on the road globally by 2025, driving a combined 384 billion electric miles per year.[2]

The ZEV Challenge combines the EV100 campaign of the Climate Group and a new Under2 Coalition ZEV commitment for global states and regions with the leadership of global cities joining C40’s green and healthy streets initiative.

#ZEVchallenge announcements at GCAS to 100% ZEV targets so far

12 states & regions committing to Under2 Coalition Zero Emissions Vehicle Challenge, run by The Climate Group - Australian Capital Territory, The Basque Country, Broward County (Florida), Catalonia and Navarra (Spain), Drenthe (Netherlands), Emilia Romagna and Lombardy (Italy), Quebec (Canada), Scotland (UK), Washington and California (USA)

12 cities committing to C40 Green & Healthy Streets (Fossil Fuel Free Streets) Declaration – Birmingham, Greater Manchester, Honolulu, Medellin, Oslo, Oxford, Rotterdam, Santa Monica, Seoul, Tokyo, Warsaw, West Hollywood.

2 businesses newly committing to EV100 program, run by The Climate Group Clif Bar and Delta Electronics, bringing the total of EV100 businesses to 23.

About The Climate Group, C40 and GCAS

About The Climate Group: The Climate Group’s mission is to accelerate climate action to achieve a world of under 2°C of global warming. We do this by bringing together powerful networks of business and governments that shift global markets and policies. We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change, take innovation and solutions to scale, and build ambition and pace. We are an international non-profit organization, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York.

Our business campaigns are brought to you as part of the We Mean Business coalition.

Visit and follow us on Twitter @ClimateGroup and Facebook @TheClimateGroup.

About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group: Around the world, C40 Cities connects 96 of the world’s greatest cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing over 700 million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe. The current chair of C40 is Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania.

To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit our website, or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn

About the Global Climate Action SummitThe Global Climate Action Summit takes place Sept. 12-14, 2018, in San Francisco under the theme “Taking Ambition to the Next Level.” To keep warming well below 2°C, and ideally 1.5° C—temperatures that could lead to catastrophic consequences—worldwide emissions must start trending down by 2020. The summit will showcase climate action around the world, along with bold new commitments to give world leaders the confidence they can go even further by 2020 in support of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The summit’s five headline challenge areas are: Healthy Energy Systems, Inclusive Economic Growth, Sustainable Communities, Land and Ocean Stewardship, and Transformative Climate Investments.

Many partners are supporting the summit and the mobilization in advance including The Climate Group; the Global Covenant of Mayors; Ceres, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; BSR; We Mean Business; CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project; the World Wide Fund for Nature; and Mission 2020. 

For more information on the Summit visit #StepUp2018


[1] US: ~51k (per AFDC) Europe: ~147k (per EAFO) China: ~214k at end of 2017, per

[2] “EV Infrastructure Report October 2017” (Morgan Stanley Research Foundation)

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