Japanese EV makers collaborate on charging stations in homeland

Posted on Aug 5, 2013 by
Nissan, whose Leaf has already sold 71,000 units worldwide, is one of four car makers co-operating to quickly develop Japan's EV charging infrastructure

Nissan, whose Leaf has already sold 71,000 units worldwide, is one of four car makers co-operating to quickly develop Japan’s EV charging infrastructure

In a move that could ultimately be replicated on a global basis, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Mitsubishi have announced an agreement to work together to promote the installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles and build a charging network service in Japan.

The move recognises the need to swiftly develop charging infrastructure facilities to promote the use of electric-powered vehicles. With subsidies from the Japanese government, the four automakers will share the costs to install the charging facilities. They will also work together to build a convenient and accessible charging network in collaboration with companies that are already providing charging services in which each of the four automakers already have a financial stake.

At present, there are about 1,700 quick chargers and just over 3,000 normal chargers in Japan, which is generally recognized to be insufficient. In addition, the lack of sufficient coordination among existing charging providers can be improved to offer better charging service to customers.

The government announced subsidies for installation of charging facilities totaling 100.5 billion yen as part of its economic policy for fiscal year 2013 to quickly develop the charging infrastructure and expand the use of electric-powered vehicles using alternative energy sources.

Currently, each prefecture in Japan is drawing up a vision for the use of the subsidies. With this strong support, the four automakers will work together to install the chargers. Previously, each automaker assessed possible locations for charging facilities on their own.

Now, they have agreed to work jointly under the common understanding that the charging infrastructure has public value and that enhancing it should be done quickly during the limited period that the subsidies are available.

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