Toyota to Assess Practicality of Widespread Charger Deployment in Japan

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 3

Two-Tone Japan-Spec 2014 Prius PHEV

Two-Tone Japan-Spec 2014 Prius PHEV

A few days ago, Toyota announced that it will “carry out verification tests in Aichi Prefecture, Japan from November 15, 2013 to March 15, 2014 to assess the practicality of the widespread deployment of chargers for plug-in hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles.”

GStation Charger

G-Station Charger

These tests, according to Toyota, will be conducted jointly with “four local governments (Gamagori City, Toyohashi City, Nishio City, Kota Town) and 13 businesses and organizations” in Japan.

Toyota implemented a similar testing program in 2012.  This latest plan expands upon that by adding hotels and nearby tourist sites to the list of locations that will receive charging stations.

In total, 40 additional chargers will be installed (32 were installed by Toyota last year).  The use of these chargers will be monitored to:

1) examine optimal charger locations

2) trial user-friendly authentication methods

3) encourage businesses to install chargers

Toyota says that its G-Station chargers will be used almost exclusively in the test program.  These chargers will be accessed via authentication cards given out to Prius PHEV owners.  Some additional “coin-operated” (100 yen per charge – $1.02 US) charger will be installed.  These chargers will be used to access the feasibility of various pricing schemes for future reference.

Charging a Prius PHEV

Charging a Prius PHEV

 

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3 responses to "Toyota to Assess Practicality of Widespread Charger Deployment in Japan"

  1. David Murray says:

    Something tells me Toyota has something up its sleeve.

  2. Spec9 says:

    Uh . . . there already is widespread deployment of chargers in Japan.

  3. This article seems bit odd when over 90% of Japan’s population live within 50 km of a CHAdeMO charger. Map of 1800 currently installed: http://goo.gl/maps/Mnumk There may something missing regarding the context of “assess practicality of” here.

    Perhaps context has more to do with Japan’s goal of 36,000 chargers and the pratical business side of deployments as noted in an earlier post (couple months ago with the joint Toyota, Nissan & Honda charging infrastructure announcement): http://insideevs.com/toyota-nissan-honda-and-mitsubishi-agree-to-jointly-development-of-charging-infrastructure-in-japan/
    The eariler post also notes Japan’s goal of 15-20% ZEVs by 2020. This is similar to ZEV goal that CA, OR, & WA have set for 2016/2025. With larger number of EVs & chargers; designing to commute patterns & traffic patterns are key to having a practical charger network (at large scale).