Japanese Firms Plan Member-based Electric Car Charging Network
Japan’s Sumitomo, Nissan Motor and NEC are teaming up to develop a membership-based electric vehicle (EV) charging service in Japan. The firms will carry out a joint study to install standard and quick charging stations in key locations, including for residents of apartment buildings and for monthly parking users. NEC will provide various systems which use cloud computing for membership management, including quick charging services, member authentication and payment processing.
Nissan launched is first mass-market EV, the LEAF, in Japan in December. Last year, Nissan and Sumitomo formed a joint venture to research uses for lithium-ion batteries, previously used in electric cars. The venture aims to eventually resell, refabricate and recycle batteries, which are expected to retain 70% to 80% of their charging capacity at the end of the average EV’s driving life of 10 years.
In November, NRG Energy announced plans to invest USD10m to rollout EV charging infrastructure in Houston, Texas. The project will include home and public charging stations, and the firm will charge users between USD49 and USD89 per month for access to the network.
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Surprisingly, it's the Mitsubishi iMiEV and Nissan LEAF that are proving their mettle in providing vital transport services in earthquake/tsunami ravaged parts of Japan.
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