Eco-Movement’s EV charging station data now available in CARTO


Drive insights with Eco-Movement's EV charging data - available in CARTO! Learn to use this data to optimize infrastructure & make informed decisions. 

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Eco-Movement’s EV charging station data now available in CARTO

With Electric Vehicles now making up 14% of global vehicle sales, the need for reliable, location-driven public charging infrastructure is becoming ever more important.

Although the need for more public charging infrastructure is obvious, it is not so easy to determine exactly where, when and what type of infrastructure is needed. In order to answer these questions, accurate and detailed data about the existing public charging network infrastructure is critical.

This is exactly what our new data partner - Eco-Movement - is delivering.

As new CPO (Charge Point Operators) networks are established, new infrastructure gets deployed and old infrastructure gets removed, Eco-Movement updates a real-time database of EV charging locations - the most comprehensive and accurate of its kind. The data contains over 25 different attributes at location, EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) and connector levels.

We are very excited about the new partnership with CARTO. Our data, now available in the Data Observatory, can be easily analyzed in relation to the variety of data available in CARTO’s Data Observatory, such as vehicle movements and road network, demographics, existing points of interest. This allows users to create valuable insights and help CPOs, OEMs, Utility & Engineering companies, the Public Sector and others make more informed business decisions when planning, installing, and operating EV charging infrastructure.

Steven Schulting, Head of Business Development at Eco-Movement.

Explore some of Eco-Movement’s data in action below! Click on the pop-ups for each location to find out more about each charging point.

Explore in full screen here.

A global dataset

It is hard to obtain complete data on the EV charging infrastructure due to the fragmented ecosystem and the lack of global standards. Eco-Movement has established a unique position to make EV charging station data easy and accessible through close partnerships with CPOs. They specialize in aggregating, normalizing, and validating data from CPOs, enriching it with a variety of other data sources so that users can access a single, consistent database of charging locations with more than a million connectors.

Data for all public and semi-public EV charging networks is currently available for over 70 countries with new countries being added frequently.

CARTO users can now request a subscription for this dataset directly from our Spatial Data Catalog. This subscription allows you to access this data on the cloud - no complex and time-consuming ETL required! Not a CARTO user yet? Sign up here for a free 14-day trial!

A screenshot of Eco-Movement data in CARTO's Data Observatory

A wide set of attributes

The dataset contains unique IDs for every location and EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment), and multiple location references such coordinates, address, postal code, municipality, and country.

Users can also access practical information like operator, opening times, access restrictions and type of location (e.g. along_motorway,, parking_garage, etc. ), facilities, and many technical attributes such as power, amperage, voltage, as well as the manufacturer and model of the hardware for DC stations .

How can I use this data?

Geospatial analysts and data scientists can make use of Eco-Movement's EV charging station data for a variety of purposes, such as:

  1. Optimizing Charging Infrastructure Placement: The data can be used to identify optimal locations for the placement of new EV charging stations. By analyzing existing infrastructure, traffic patterns, and demographic data, it can be determined where additional stations are needed to serve the growing electric vehicle market (see below).
  2. Charging Network Optimization: To analyze the distribution of existing charging stations, their technical attributes (e.g. power, amperage, voltage), and user preferences to ensure that the network is efficient and serves the needs of different types of electric vehicle.
  3. Market Research and Strategy: Combine the charging infrastructure data with data such as mobility patterns and consumer insights to make informed decisions regarding EV charging infrastructure investments and services.

Check out this data being put into use in the map below! (Open in full screen here). This map leverages our Spatial Features dataset, visualizing the population density of Spain on a H3 grid (a super lightweight spatial data type, ideal for working with big data - learn more here). You can use the widgets on the right side of the screen to filter data by its distance to an EV charging point.

This analysis was carried out with a simple workflow - our low-code, multi-step analytical interface. In this workflow (see below), the distance from the center of each H3 cell to the nearest EV charging point is calculated, which is then joined back to the source data to allow for cross-referencing between the new “nearest distance” variable and population data. This approach is a really simple but effective way of identifying communities underserved by EV charging locations.

A screenshot of the workflow, calculating distance from each H3 cell to the closest EV charging location

Ready to start solving your spatial problems at scale? Sign up for a free 14 day trial with CARTO and start your journey today!