Japan vending machines to charge electric cars

Mar 07, 2011
An employee of Nissan Motor demonstrates how to plug in the electric vehicle "Leaf" at the company's showroom in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on February 9. Ten Japanese companies have said they plan to install electric vehicle chargers at the sites of beverage vending machines across Japan in a cost-cutting tie-up.

Ten Japanese companies said Monday they plan to install electric vehicle chargers at the sites of beverage vending machines across Japan in a cost-cutting tie-up.

The consortium includes Forking Co., a major operator, and Panasonic Electric Works which will develop and produce electric vehicle chargers with rivals.

Forking has business ties with companies which own a combined 1.2 million vending machines across Japan, or about a half of the national total, company official Reiko Kobayashi said.

The firms plan to install some 10,000 electric vehicle chargers at the sites of the vending machines in the first year of the project, which is due to start at the end of March, she added.

Charging machines "will be installed where beverage vending machines already exist or together with new ones. There are various options," she said.

SoftBank Telecom and SoftBank Mobile are due to provide telecom services to connect the charging systems, the group said in a press release.

such as Nissan, which launched its all-electric Leaf last year, are gambling that with zero tailpipe emissions will catch on and, some time in the future, start to drive traditional gas-guzzlers off the road.

But many consider the lack of a charging network as the key obstacle to the proliferation of , prompting consumer concerns such as "range-anxiety", or the fear that their cars will run out of juice between charging points.

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Eoprime
not rated yet Mar 07, 2011
This is a great idea. No need for bulky 'gas'stations. In a City where the next vending maschin is around every corner this is an optimal concept. Now I want vending maschines around every corner in vienna to install charging stations.
Royale
not rated yet Mar 07, 2011
Too bad an idea like this couldn't work in the US. We'd need at least 100 miles of guaranteed range for commute. (Kinda lowballing that probably).
ODesign
not rated yet Mar 07, 2011
Excellent. They can pioneer the technology, work out the bugs, make an efficient system, and deal with all the first and second generation obsolete issues as well as the betamax vs VHS type conflicts.

THEN we can implement it in the US with out all the mistakes and missteps that would drive up costs of development and deployment. Japan is an ideal test case for development because replacing all the charging stations or having a fleet of obsolete electric cars after the first generation will cost less there since it's a smaller number of cars there.