They will add plug-in stations to hike EV sales
July 31, 2013 - Japanese automakers led by Nissan Motor Co., the producer of the zero-emission Leaf car, said they’ll cooperate to increase the number of the charging stations in the country to speed up adoption of electric cars.
Nissan, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. agreed to share costs to help build an additional 12,000 charging stations — including 4,000 fast-charging points — they said in a statement today, without specifying a time frame. Japan now only has about 4,700 chargers, a third of which are of the rapid variety, which is generally seen as insufficient, they said.
Japanese automakers have led the auto industry in production of low- and zero-emission vehicles in recent years, though electric cars have struggled to catch on because of issues including higher prices and range anxiety. More recently, competition has been intensifying, with Model S-maker Tesla Motors Inc. last month unveiling a system that can replace a depleted car battery in 90 seconds — faster than it takes to fill up the tank in a gasoline car. read more>>>