Japan’s EV Infrastructure Is Massive, Electric Car Sales Not So Much

MAY 27 2018 BY MARK KANE 21

There are more than 27,000 public charging spots available, but sales of all-electric cars is not as high as we would expect.

Nissan LEAF charging from CHAdeMO in Japan

Japan installed around 7,250 CHAdeMO DC fast chargers (40% of all in the world) as well as more than 20,000 AC Level 2 charging stations. It’s a lot compared to about 120,000 all-electric cars sold in the past 10 years.

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On the other hand, sales of the Toyota Prius Plug-In exceed 100,000. Also, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV stands at over 40,000. With all the hybrid car sales of 7.3 million in the past 10 years (both conventional parallel-hybrids and series-hybrids like Nissan e-Power), BEVs are not that much popular.

Representative of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), said that the infrastructure is considered “almost enough for the time being“.

Most CHAdeMO chargers (mostly around 50 kW) in Japan are installed at:

  • dealerships – 2,300
  • convenience stores – 1,000
  • shopping malls – 400
  • along highways – nearly 400

The government’s goal is to have fast charger every 9.3 miles (15 km) or within every 19-mile (30-km) radius. To support BEVs, operators can get subsidies of ¥5 million ($47,000) per charger and up to ¥45 million ($420,000) for construction costs.

source: WardsAuto

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21 Comments on "Japan’s EV Infrastructure Is Massive, Electric Car Sales Not So Much"

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BEVs are not that much popular.
I would just drop much. Or say not that popular, muchly.

People are waiting for the Model 3 to drop I Japan.
I think it’s better to have overproduced charging capabilities, though the high number of chargers associated with dealerships is problematic..

Japan’s top four brands – Toyota, Honda, Daihatsu, and Suzuki – lacking any BEV offering is clearly a major contributing factor. They not only lack it, but even talk about EVs having no future compared to FCEV.

That said, most of the population lives in apartments, so Japan probably desires ultra-rapid charging more than anywhere else on the planet. Does anyone know how often they have fixed parking spots?

You are required to have parking sport somewhere to buy car in Tokyo. But as you noted it is not suburban America, people live in multi-family buildings and your rented parking place may be far and without any practical way to electrify it at reasonable cost. The same is in many countries outside North America, but especially in Japan.

Average mileage is just around 9,000-10,000 km/year (5-6k miles) in Japan. So “fuel savings” by skipping on gas tax is complete nonsense there. Upfront cost is what matters most. Electricity is not as cheap as in the US either, and grid may go down at any time after yet another earthquake. Peak power plants are still powered by oil, nuclear power is feared and so increasing electricity production is major political headache.

In such situation it should be obvious why they say that BEVs are not the ultimate solution. Because they are hopelessly unpractical for most in a country like Japan, and it is already proven by minuscule BEV sales despite relatively perfect charging infrastructure.

Proving once again what an unimaginative troll you are and further, what a Big Oil/Fool Cell shill you are azzzz.

As an Island, Japan has tremendous wind resources and is also installing solar pv and starting to exploit its geothermal resources. They have started the process and will get there.

From article: “…Most CHAdeMO chargers (mostly around 50 kW) in Japan are installed at: dealerships – 2,300…”

Are those 2,300 dealership located chargers (which account for over 50% of Japan’s fast charge CHAdeMO network) as appealing to visit for a fast charge as it would be at a USA car dealership?

No, dealership attitude in general is completely different. Like a lot of other things.

I think the world should be focused on Fuel cell technology.What better pollution than pure water.We can make hydrogen or pipe it in from Jupiter!lol

And what about the pollution caused by making hydrogen.

Plus, any escaped hydrogen attacks the ozone layer.

Using a rubber pipeline? (To handle the difference in Orbital Angular Rates!)

Yes, i has to be flexible to account for planetary movements.

The Nissan Leaf is a big car in Japan. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV was based on a Kei car, a much more typical size there. When they brought the i-MiEV to North America, they actually super-sized it to fit our backsides. Outside of major highways, and a few big city boulevards, two Leafs would have a difficult time going in opposite directions. This reality has not stopped affluent Japanese following the lead of Americans, and more recently Europeans. We are an amazing species.

The Prius Prime (I know it isn’t called that in Japan) has chademo charging in Japan. So does the Outlander PHEV. I’d imagine, considering the size of the country and number of charge points, you could probably treat a car like that mostly as a BEV over there. The Leaf certainly has no excuse not to be viable for every Japanese commuter.

Outlander PHEV has ChaDeMo in the US as well.

Time for Nissan to start direct sales of EVs bypassing dealers who are not willing to sell electric vehicles.

Keep in mind Japan also has a very robust public transportation system. Combined with the fact that tens of millions of them also live in apartments where private ownership of cars is very impractical due to place to park it, and this might help to paint the picture better as to why there’s not many EV’s being sold.

I’m not saying this is the sole reason for the problem mentioned in the article. But it’s a big one. Lots of Japanese simply don’t need a private car because they have no place to park it, let alone charge it. And the trains are probably cheaper anyway.

That’s because they only buy home grown cars it’s a sin to buy other country products

They buy BMW or MB just fine. Because these are quite good at making luxury cars and are serious selling in Japan.
They don’t buy American cars, because nobody seriously attempts to sell them, other than boutique dealers. As they have long standing reputation of junk, and GM or Ford don’t even try to meet very specific market requirements, like car size, quality and on what side of the car a steering wheel is supposed to go.
Tesla just confirms this American junk story – sends hopelessly oversized and overweight (taxed extra bay weight) cars that would not fit into narrow roads and parking spaces, arrogantly ignore local charging standards (unlike BMW) when standard chargers are every few miles and so on. So it has sales of something like TENS of cars per month, and can complain about Japanese nationalism all the way it wants, while competitors just make sales.

Top selling EV in Japan is the Nissan Leaf.

Many of the CHAdeMO are not fast
. As low as 10 kW.

These numbers don’t include 3000 to 4000 V2X chargers (mostly private).