While Japanese automakers have been advocating leadership in hydrogen-powered cars, the country has taken a lead in electric vehicle charging stations.
Japan now has more charging stations than gasoline stations, according to a recent study by Nissan. The Japanese automaker reports that there are more than 40,000 charging ports nationwide compared to fewer than 35,000 gas stations.
Nissan says that Japanese government subsidies for people buying electric vehicles have spawned a network of public and private charging stations.
“An important element of the continued market growth is the development of the charging infrastructure,” said Joseph Peter, Nissan’s chief finance officer.
The vast network of charging stations is helping Japanese EV owners set aside fears of finding themselves stuck along a road unable to charge. The charging experience can be much faster through CHAdeMO quick chargers, which have been embraced by Japanese automakers building plug-in electric vehicles.
In Japan there are now 6,469 CHAdeMO quick chargers, compared with 3,028 in Europe and 1,686 in the US. When added to lower-level charging ports, the total number of power points in Japan exceeds 40,000.