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The Public Charging Network Conundrum

Creating public charging network seen needed to alleviate consumer concerns about electric cars, but evidence suggests they're not used.

Published: 06-Oct-2010

LONDON -- Development of a public network of recharging points will be critical to the public's acceptance of a mass rollout of pure electric vehicles despite evidence that such networks are not actually needed, according to automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.

With Nissan poised to start commercial marketing of its Leaf pure electric family car and Toyota road-testing its plug-in Prius hybrid, with a rollout planned for 2012, countries around the world are beginning to work on expensive public urban recharging networks.

"For electric vehicles, recharging infrastructure is essential in a way that it is not for plug-in hybrids, despite the fact that we all know that in most cases -- where they can -- people will recharge at home overnight," Graham Smith, managing director of Toyota Motor Europe's London office, told ClimateWire.

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