Japan: More Electric Car Charging Hubs Than Petrol Stations

It is the goal of countries, like Japan, to promote sustainability and environmentally safe ways to perform, produce and live in general. This is most likely the reason the Land of the Rising Sun now has more vehicle charging hubs than gas stations.

According to Japan’s number two car manufacturer, Nissan, there are now 40,000 charging units across the country, including those in private homes, while there are only 34,000 petrol stations.

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Nissan also said they’re expecting an increase in demand for electric cars, while their rival Toyota said they have been overwhelmed with orders with their first mass-market hydrogen fuel-cell car, the Mirai.

However, the development of green cars have been slowed down due to limited driving range and refueling stations, which environmentalists say could have played a crucial part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of global warming.

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In Japan, two of the biggest players in the electric vehicle sector are Nissan Leaf with 44% market share in 2013 alone and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV with a market share of 32%.

Other EVs that are so popular in the country include:

Model 2013 Market Share
Toyota Prius PHEV 12%
Mitsubishi i 5%
Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV 5%
Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV Truck 2%
Nissan NMC 0%

If you’re wondering what makes electric cars a good investment, here are some reasons to ponder:

  1. You can save money because you don’t have to refuel with petrol anymore.
  2. You can contribute in reducing pollution by driving a cleaner car.
  3. You can easily buy one because prices for these electric cars have declined.
  4. You can enjoy tax credits of up to $7,500 from the federal government.
  5. You don’t have to worry too much about maintenance.

You don’t have to worry about recharging your vehicle because there are lots of charging points now.

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