Toyota Conducting Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Tests In Japan
Toyota announced that, like in previous years, it will conduct a test project with AC charging stations in Japan (from November 1 until March 15, 2015).
The new project involves four municipalities in Aichi Prefecture (Kariya City, Toyota City, Toyohashi City, and Nagakute City) and also the company UNY Co., Ltd.
We are curious what Toyota would like to find out about slow charging that it doesn’t already know? Maybe the answer lies in Toyota fishing for subsidies like the “Subsidy Program to Support R&D for the Creation of New Aichi“.
“In addition to targeting commercial, tourist, and accommodation facilities as in past tests, this year’s tests will also involve cultural and social service facilities (including some in hilly and mountainous areas). Multiple chargers will be installed at certain commercial facilities where charger use was heavy in last year’s tests. The aim will be to ascertain the optimal number and location of charging stations and their ease of use.”
147 charging spots will be prepared, from which 43 will be newly installed.
The tests will focus on
- Identifying ideal charger locations and operating methods by monitoring usage (charging frequency and duration) for each day and hour at each facility.
- Determining whether installing chargers at city-owned facilities near popular driving destinations in hilly and mountainous areas will allay user concerns about running out of battery-charge and also help increase the number of new users.
- Installing multiple chargers at commercial facilities where usage is heavy and monitoring changes in usage to ascertain the need for energy management measures, such as peak shaving.