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Japanese Automakers Join Forces To Jumpstart Acceptance of Electric Cars


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Just the Facts:
  • In a move that may provide a global template, Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi said they will work together to increase the number of charging stations in Japan to jumpstart the acceptance of electric cars.
  • "The move is in recognition of the critical need to swiftly develop charging infrastructure facilities to promote the use of electric-powered vehicles," said the four automakers in a joint statement.
  • The automakers said they will bear part of the cost to install the charging facilities.

TOKYO — In a move that may provide a global template, Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi said they will work together to increase the number of charging stations in Japan to jumpstart the acceptance of electric cars.

"The move is in recognition of the critical need to swiftly develop charging infrastructure facilities to promote the use of electric-powered vehicles," said the four automakers in a joint statement.

The automakers said they will bear part of the cost to install the charging facilities.

Japanese automakers have been industry leaders in terms of the rollout of EVs, with such products as the Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi i and Honda Fit EV. But consumer acceptance of the electric cars has been slowed by infrastructure concerns, especially the lack of charging stations. Such concerns lead to "range anxiety," the fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination, thus stranding the vehicle's occupants.

The Japanese automakers say there are about 1,700 quick chargers and just over 3,000 "normal" chargers in Japan, "which is generally recognized to be insufficient."

In comparison, there are 6,331 electric vehicle charging stations in the U.S., excluding private stations, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

There is not a similar collaboration to speed the rollout of charging stations by automakers in the U.S. Tesla is working alone on the rollout of a nationwide Supercharger network.

Edmunds says: This important collaboration by Nissan, Toyota, Honda and Mitsubishi on their home turf may be prove to be a test bed with global implications.

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