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."

G-Station 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