Honda and Three Japanese Automakers Team Up to Develop Charging Infrastructure in Japan

August 7th, 2013 by

It’s no secret that electric-powered vehicles are quickly becoming the way of the future, so  Honda’s teamed up with other Japanese automakers–Toyota, Nissan, and Mitsubishi– to build enough infrastructure to increase the demand for plug-in vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, and EVs) in their place of origin: Japan.

The four automakers are working with the Japanese government in hopes of tripling the public’s access to electric chargers. Yes, electrically charging up your vehicle is rapidly-growing in the automakers’ home country, and, from the looks of it, it’s on a quick road to normalcy. There are about 1,700 quick chargers and a little over 3,000 normal chargers. Compared to how many people actually need them, these figures just aren’t cutting it. The chargers of interest would be both Level 2 (11,000 units) and DC fast chargers (5,700 units).

The Japanese government has allotted approximately $1 billion (or 100 billion yen) worth of subsidies to help make this possible. Regular chargers will be installed in public places such as restaurants and malls, and the public will have access to fast chargers in areas like gas stations and highway rest stops. By the work’s end, the vision is to see up to 20 percent of new cars be electrically-charged by the end 2020.

We’ve already seen the success of the Honda Fit EV globally already, so we are eager to see what else Honda will come up with by the time this infrastructure is completed.

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