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Insufficient: 4,700 EV charging stations in Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation have agreed to work together to promote the installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles and build a charging network service that offers more convenience to drivers in Japan in response to the critical need to swiftly develop charging infrastructure facilities to promote the use of electric-powered vehicles.

Caption: EV charging station, Nissan Global Headquarters in Japan. Credit: TTNIS/Wikimedia Commons

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.

Assisted by subsidies provided by the Japanese government, the four automakers will bear part of the cost to install the charging facilities, as well as 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.

Studies are underway to increase the number of normal chargers by 8,000 and quick chargers by 4,000. Normal chargers could be installed in commercial facilities like large shopping malls and restaurants, which are destination charging spots or en-route charging spots with longer duration stops (e.g. highway service areas and roadside stations) when a vehicle could be charged. Quick chargers are to be installed at en-route charging spots, like convenience stores, gas stations and rest stops, for shorter duration stops. Currently, there are about 1,700 quick chargers and 3,000 normal chargers in Japan, which is viewed as insufficient.

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