Japan is pushing an ambitious $1.025 billion (100.5 Yuen) plan to install a national electric vehicle charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy, and the government is enlisting the help of the auto industry to make it a reality. Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi are collaborating to bring an additional 8,000 normal chargers and 4,000 quick chargers to the streets. There are currently only 3,000 regular and 1,700 fast chargers in Japan.


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In a statement, Nissan said “the move is in recognition of the critical need to swiftly develop charging infrastructure facilities to promote the use of electric-powered vehicles.”

The public-private partnership between Japan’s federal government and its four big automakers applies not just to fully electric vehicles (EV), but also plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV). Japan has a national goal of plug-in vehicles being 15 to 20 percent of new car sales by 2020.

Each of Japan’s 47 prefectures is drawing up a charging infrastructure plan to take advantage of the federal subsidies.

Via Green Tech Media 

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