Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Mitsubishi Form Nippon Charge Service

3 years ago by Eric Loveday 6

Nippon Charge Service Graphic

Nippon Charge Service Graphic

Details are sparse, but here’s what we know so far of the just-announced Nippon Charge Service in Japan.

Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Mitsubishi have established the joint venture Nippon Charge Service.  The goal of the joint venture is to:

  • Promote the installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, EVs)
  • Help build a charging network that offers more convenience to drivers in Japan
Nippon Charge Service Info

Nippon Charge Service Info

Additional highlights include:

  • Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) will support the joint effort of the four automakers by investing in the new company with its “Fund for Japanese Industrial Competitiveness.”
  • On November 12, 2013, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi jointly announced a plan to financially assist installers of charging stations and began taking applications from prospective charging station installers. Together with Government subsidies the grants will cover the entire cost of installation for successful applicants.
  • Financial assistance will be made available to businesses and operations to establish charging spots in key locations, such as at commercial facilities and lodging facilities, as well as en-route charging spots at highway service and parking areas, and convenience stores and service stations on regular roads.
  • Nippon Charge Service will manage the chargers and the installers of charging stations will be asked to participate in the charging infrastructure network operated by Nippon Charge Service.
  • Through the new company the four automakers will also provide car owners with a universally-accepted charging card. The system will up and running by the end of the year and will enable convenient access to the chargers operated by the new company.

Nippon Charge Service Graphic

Nippon Charge Service Graphic

Full press release below

Japan Automakers Advance Electric Charging Infrastructure With New Company, Nippon Charge Service Established to help build charging infrastructure for electric-powered vehicles(PHVs, PHEVs and EVs)

TOKYO, Japan (May 30, 2014)―Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation jointly established a new company, Nippon Charge Service, LLC, on May 26 to promote the installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, EVs). The goal is to help build a charging network that offers more convenience to drivers in Japan.

The new company will promote the installation of chargers, for the good of society and to expand the use of electric-powered vehicles. Related industries are also expected to benefit. Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ) will support the joint effort of the four automakers by investing in the new company with its “Fund for Japanese Industrial Competitiveness”. *1

Electric-powered vehicles are playing a major role in driving next-generation energy policy. On November 12, 2013, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi jointly announced a plan to financially assist installers of charging stations and began taking applications from prospective charging station installers. Together with Government subsidies the grants will cover the entire cost of installation for successful applicants.

This program targets charging facilities recognized to have high public value under the next-generation vehicle charging infrastructure plans drawn up by local governments and authorities. Financial assistance will be made available to businesses and operations to establish charging spots in key locations, such as at commercial facilities and lodging facilities, as well as en-route charging spots at highway service and parking areas, and convenience stores and service stations on regular roads. Under the program, a number of commercial facilities, hotels, convenience stores and highways have started installing charging stations. Nippon Charge Service will manage the chargers and the installers of charging stations will be asked to participate in the charging infrastructure network operated by Nippon Charge Service.

Through the new company the four automakers will also provide car owners with a universally-accepted charging card. The system will up and running by the end of the year and will enable convenient access to the chargers operated by the new company.

In the current favorable environment of government subsidies for charger installation, the four automakers are actively encouraging the installation of chargers by founding Nippon Charge Service. The companies are aiming for broader acceptance of electric vehicles by building a user-friendly infrastructure that will help society maximize the possibilities of electric vehicles.

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6 responses to "Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Mitsubishi Form Nippon Charge Service"

  1. Aaron says:

    At least Japan can get their s–t together. The “free to charge” program in the US can’t even keep all the players working together.

  2. Spec9 says:

    See . . . I told you Toyota has an EV skunkworks program despite the current fuel cell bluster. Why would they participate in this if they were going to blow off EVs?

    1. JakeY says:

      Toyota is participating because they are one of the 5 executive members of CHAdeMO (as are Nissan and Mitsubishi). It’s actually Honda that’s the outlier.

  3. Spec9 says:

    OK, SAE-CCS backers . . . Team Chademo got together to install chargers in Japan. It is now time for the US & German SAE-CCS backers to get together and install chargers in USA and Europe.

  4. tess1988 says:

    so if a business installers a charging station and deciders to charge for it who gets the money, also hope they release info to google maps/GPS providers, universally-accepted charging card – why carnet they just use JCB card(I’m sure visa/MC/Amex is accepted in japan), anyway good step wish australia was like this

  5. Thomas J. Thias says:

    Back Story moving forward fast.

    Soon to be realized as the greatest Big Business owner/Tenant Loyalty/Retention scheme, ever!

    #EVPlugNPlay
    #EVPlugNStay

    Similar to the way that wi-fi hotspots now draw in the customers, spending money and tenants and renters buying space, electric Fueled Vehicle owners and lessee’s will frequent, stay and spend money where they can be comped with inexpensive added range.

    Cheap, easy to disperse and soon in demand.

    Oh, by the way, with more then 1.5 billion 110V AC outlets in North America, ALL EVs refuel/charge this way, we have been L1 EV Refueling ready, as a business perk, for decades!

    110V AC-Ok

    Best-

    Thomas J. Thias

    517-749-0532

    Twitter.com/AmazingChevVolt

    Ps. #PlugNPayNoWay ! lol (L1, L2 Only)