Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi Agree to Joint Development

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi Agree to Joint Development of Charging
Infrastructure for PHVs, PHEVs and EVs in Japan 
Tokyo, July 29, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) -  Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor
Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation jointly
announced their agreement to work together to promote the installation of
chargers for electric-powered vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, EVs)(1) and build a
charging network service that offers more convenience to drivers in Japan. 
The move is in recognition of the critical need to swiftly develop charging
infrastructure facilities to promote the use of electric-powered vehicles.
Assisted by subsidies provided by the Japanese government, the four automakers
will bear part of the cost to install the charging facilities. They will also
work together to build a convenient and accessible charging network in
collaboration with companies that are already providing charging services in
which each of the four automakers already have a financial stake. 
At present, there are about 1,700 quick chargers and just over 3,000(2) normal
chargers in Japan, which is generally recognized to be insufficient. In
addition, the lack of sufficient coordination among existing charging providers
can be improved to offer better charging service to customers. The government
announced subsidies for installation of charging facilities totaling 100.5
billion yen as part of its economic policy for fiscal year 2013 to quickly
develop the charging infrastructure and expand the use of electric-powered
vehicles using alternative energy sources. Currently, each prefecture in Japan
is drawing up a vision for the use of the subsidies. With this strong support,
the four automakers will work together to install the chargers. Previously,
each automaker assessed possible locations for charging facilities on their
own. Now, they have agreed to work jointly under the common understanding that
the charging infrastructure has public value and that enhancing it should be
done quickly during the limited period that the subsidies are available. 
Currently, there are three charging methods for electric-powered vehicles:
basic charging, where a car is charged at private homes or condominiums;
destination charging, where a car is charged at locations such as shopping
malls, DIY stores and family restaurants for the return trip home; and en-route
charging at locations including expressway roadside service areas, roadside
stations (michi no eki), gas stations, and convenience stores. In both
destination and en-route charging, normal charging is suitable for
longer-duration stops, while quick charging is appropriate for shorter stops. 
In terms of utility, PHVs and PHEVs would benefit from an expanded charging
network because it would maximize these vehicles' EV driving performance
and combined fuel economy. EVs, which provide an emissions-free, clean driving
experience, could harness a larger charging network to extend their range
during longer trips. 
Under the agreement, the four companies will launch a joint project to work on
the following actions: 
1. Promote installation of chargers in Japan 
Studies are underway to increase the number of normal chargers up to a total
of 8,000 and quick chargers up to a total of 4,000. Normal chargers could be
installed in commercial facilities (e.g. large shopping malls, do-it-yourself
stores and family restaurants), which are destination charging spots or
en-route charging spots with longer duration stops (e.g. highway service areas
and roadside stations) when a vehicle could be charged. Quick chargers are to
be installed at en-route charging spots for shorter-durations stops (e.g.
highway parking areas, convenience stores and gas stations). 
2. Promote charger installation by temporarily bearing part of the
installation and maintenance costs 
3. Build a charging infrastructure network which enables customers to use
their PHVs, PHEVs and EVs more conveniently 
Collaboration among companies currently providing charging services in which
each automaker has already invested (Japan Charge Network Co., Ltd., Charging
Network Development, llc and Toyota Media Service) would lead to the creation
of a more convenient charging infrastructure network. One example is enabling
the car's owner to charge his or her car at any charging spot with the
same card. 
4. Work with government agencies and local governments 
Electric-powered vehicles are the driving force of alternative energy
initiatives. The government aims to expand the use of the next-generation of
these vehicles and have PHVs, PHEVs and EVs achieve a ratio of 15 to 20 percent
of new car sales in 2020. The four automakers are committed to developing a
charging infrastructure for a more user-friendly infrastructure and to
contribute to creating a society where electric-powered vehicle use can
(1) Plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV); plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV),
electric vehicles (EV).
(2) Based on data collected from Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi. 
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