It’s Official: Japan Now has More Electric Car Charging Spots than Gas Stations*

One of the first countries in the world to embrace modern electric cars, Japan has long been considered something of a shining example on how electric car rapid charging infrastructure should be implemented.

Japan is blanketed with charging stations.

Japan is blanketed with charging stations. (Photo: ChargeMap)

In fact, look at the charging station maps for Japan, and you’ll see a sea of CHAdeMO DC quick chargers blanketing every major route from north to south and east to west, thanks in part to pro- electric car incentives and a nationwide — rather than regional — approach to charging station deployment. As of earlier this month, there were more than 2,819 CHAdeMO DC rapid chargers installed across the country, far more than the 1,532 installed in the whole of Europe or 854 found in the U.S.

That massive number of accessible, reliable charging stations combined with lower-power level 2 charging provision — both private and public — now means there are more dedicated charging stations in Japan than there are gas stations.

Far more in fact: over 40,000 says Nissan, versus the 34,000 gas stations currently trading in Japan.

“An important element of the continued market growth is the development of the charging infrastructure,” Joseph G. Peter, Nissan’s chief financial officer, said on a recent conference call with analysts. With two all-electric models now on sale in Japan — the LEAF electric hatchback and e-NV200 electric minivan — the more public and private charging stations there are, the easier both plug-in models are to sell.

Unlike the majority of gas stations in Japan however, the 40,000 electric car charging points quoted by Nissan includes ones in private homes, causing some critics to cry foul. After all, if a charging station is hidden in a privately-owned garage, it isn’t easily accessible to the public.

Yet while we understand that criticism — and it’s why we used an asterisk in our headline — the rise of charger-sharing sites like PlugShare.com means that more people than ever before are offering their private charging station for others to use, either as an altruistic gesture or for cold, hard cash.

Prime Minister Abe likes plug-in cars as well as hydrogen fuel cell cars, but H2 gets the bigger discount.

Prime Minister Abe likes plug-in cars as well as hydrogen fuel cell cars, but H2 gets the bigger discount.

Moreover, it’s possible to argue that because privately-owned charging stations are enabling owners to drive their cars without visiting public charging stations, they’re providing just as valid a service to everyday drivers as publicly-assessable, higher-powered ones.

But while electric car charging stations may now be far more common in Japan than a gas station, the numbers of electric cars on the roads of Japan still represent a tiny proportion of the total cars registered. In order to support more electric cars, Japan’s healthy, robust charging network needs to keep growing and developing, since even with CHAdeMO DC quick charging, speed of refuelling isn’t as quick as it is with a liquid-based fuel like gasoline or diesel.

Then there’s the challenge from hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. While the Japanese government to date has been quite proactive in its support of electric vehicle infrastructure, the current administration is working hard to promote hydrogen fuel cell technology in preference to electric vehicles.

Japan's public (and private) charging infrastructure is admired around the world.

Japan’s public (and private) charging infrastructure is admired around the world.

As a consequence, it is investing heavily in supporting automakers like Toyota, Honda, and Nissan as they all work on bringing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the Japanese market, providing generous incentives to those who are willing to become early-adopters of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and helping companies working to build and expand the fledgling hydrogen fueling infrastructure.

Despite saying it wasn’t interested in developing a hydrogen fuel cell car any time soon, Nissan has recently signed an agreement to work alongside Toyota and Honda in order to help popularise fuel cell vehicles and a brand-new hydrogen refilling infrastructure.

Which leads us to ask one question: will electric car charging stations in Japan continue to grow with governmental attention turned elsewhere?

Leave your thoughts in the Comments below.


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  • Timothy Ondrey

    Hi,nnnI hate to add to the “cry foul” crowd but can you clarify how the gas stations are being counted? Is the 34,000 gas stations including each individual pump at a station or the station as a whole?nnnThanks! Awesome news, either way.

    • Timothy, nnnAs far as we’re aware, it’s locations where refuelling can take place, rather than individual filling pumps or charging locations.

      • Jackson Clark

        So then with 8-12 pumps at each gas station, then your numbers are a little off

        • Mojomonkeyfish

          With the assumption that each station has 8-12 pumps in Japan, your theory is even farther off.

          • Jackson Clark

            Every station in Japan has a minimum of 8, it isn’t an assumption.

          • Kamisama420

            I live in Japan.
            That is WAY off.

  • Carlos Malave

    Sounds like a bad idea to focus on hydrogen when the electric infrastructure is already available

    • Ziegler45314

      Would that be the electrical infrastructure powered by power plants that use fossils fuels or the power plants that use fissionable materials that are expensive to maintain and a problem waiting to happen in an earthquake zone?

      • Bill

        Why not make power plants that run off of hydrogen. Seems a much better use of the “fuel.”
        Of course, you’re going to need some electricity to make the hydrogen to “fuel” the power plant…hmmm…

        • coldtusker


    • Mojomonkeyfish

      Well, look at the context: “Japan has more charging stations than gas stations”. So, the EV market has pretty much reached a more self-sustainable level. The H2 market is still nascent, and needs support. I’m not bullish on H2 as the overall “winner”, but I think it has potential for the commercial/industrial/select-consumer market. And, it is still an electric drivetrain, so it will mesh well with EV vehicle manufacturing, such that we would likely see battery and H2 versions of popular models.

      For the average consumer, I think the ability to power up at home/work and hardly ever have to stop at a station (already the case for commuters, and only less of a concern for travelers as battery tech advances) will mean batteries will be more popular, but that doesn’t mean that they will be the only option.

    • Somebody_Else

      Most hydrogen tanks can be refilled in a comparable speed and method to petroleum systems.
      Hydrogen can be hauled cross country with far less loss than long distance power line transmission.
      Hydrogen can be generated using electricity, and I believe currently is the primary method.
      Hydrogen works when the power grid is down, even if it was a drunk driver taking out a power pole.
      The exhaust from hydrogen is water.
      A major portion of the electric infrastructure that would be needed for charging vehicles, especially quick charging, doesn’t exist.
      Hydrogen stores better than electricity. At least until we significantly improve our battery tech, which may require room temperature superconductors.
      Speaking of which, hydrogen storage tanks can be refuelled many times more than a battery can be recharged. (Look into recharge cycles if you don’t know what I’m talking about.)
      The Hydrogen from the Hindenburg harmed ZERO people. It was up and gone before the gondola even touched the ground. The burns people received were mostly from the diesel fuel.

      I like electric vehicles that are properly built to be electric, and not just a rejiggered combustion vehicle.

      So anyway, why is it you think hydrogen & fuel cells is a bad idea for vehicles again?

      • Tom

        Basically all the benefits you think hydrogen has are false except for the charging bit.
        -Battery plus transmission round trip losses are a bit better than hydrogen.
        -Hydrogen is almost all generated from natural gas (99+%).
        -Batteries also work when the grid is down, which is a rare occurrence.
        -There are more electric chargers in any country than hydrogen fuel stations. The infrastructure already exists, there are no hydrogen gas pipelines anywhere.
        -Hydrogen stores no better than electricity, conversion rates are not more efficient with electrolysis and fuel cells.
        Actually fair point about the re-use of the hydrogen tank.

    • BKFR

      Nonsense. The infrastructure isn’t anywhere near capable of scale. If you want to convert the entire fleet, you need massive scale. Hydrogen is preferred because it scales.

      • coldtusker

        What stops the electric company from adding a “larger” transmission line? I am sure I use a lot more electricity than my father did. And he used more than his father did. As for the conversion of the fleet, it’s a gradual process with gradual but constant improvements to the efficiency of the EV engines, batteries and charging capabilities. Plus I expect most would charge their cars overnight when electricity usage in a typical “residential” neighborhood tends to be lower [10pm to 5am?]. An increase in EV charging points would mean one could also charge the car at the mall [I saw a couple at my local mall] or office buildings many of which often have “industrial” capacity/transformers.

        • BKFR

          Very simple answer: cost.

          Electricity in Japan is already very expensive and it is going up regularly now as a result of the fallout from Fukushima. Electricity suppliers do not want to add any further costs if they don’t have to.

          And you suspect wrong about malls. In Japan most people live in large urban areas where malls do not have parking or only very limited parking. If you buy more than you can carry, you use the delivery service of the shop or supermarket, which all shops and supermarkets in Japan have. And parking in Japan is an entirly different matter than just about anywhere else. Unless you live in the country side, be prepared to spend more on parking fees than it would have cost to take the trip by public transport or even by taxi.

          Those who run those parking lots do not have to worry about revenue, they do not compete for customers. They have a license to print money. They simply see the money roll in. They have absolutely no reason to incur any installation costs for charging stations for EVs. They can do just fine by serving people with cars that don’t need charging.

          And if you live in Tokyo, you will likely live in an apartment, less likely in your own house. If you even own a car, you rent a parking lot in the basement of the building but that won’t come with a charging station and you do not have any right to install one yourself or to have one installed. Japanese landlords do not appreciate tenants who ask for special favours even if they are willing to pay extra. In Japan everybody is expected to follow the crowd and not stick out.

          The landlords are not in any trouble finding tenants either, so there is no chance in hell that they will need to install charging stations for EVs in their parking lots to make their apartements more attractive to tenants.

          Japan has much different problems. Daycare for children of working parents is a huge problem. This is a result of the scarcity of space in urban areas. This is what the public cares about. Not about EV charging. EV charging is simply not on anybody’s mind. At the same time, Toyota, the number one carmaker in Japan as well as the number one carmaker in the world are committed to hybrids and FCEVs. Check out the Toyota Mirai. Before companies like Tesla can make any dent in the Japanese market and before the public mind will be on EV charging stations, Toyota will have established a firm foothold in the market with the Mirai just as they established a foothold with the Prius.

          And newer developments in Europe show that the future will likely feature cities without any cars at all. The EV is nothing more than a transitional technology. In urban centers it is and will remain problematic and in rural areas it doesn’t have the range people are accustomed to.

          • coldtusker

            Thanks. Though, I am sure, despite Fukushima, more electricity production must be on its way in the medium term.

            Yes, I do agree that Toyota/Nissan, etc will have EVs in place before Tesla can crack the market. Protectionism + loyalty to a local brand. I was surprised to learn that Japan has a 1:2 car (or is it vehicle) ratio when one considers the dense urban living conditions which make car ownership painful and expensive. I thought the slowdown, some say zero growth, in population growth would have created more “space” but are the rural areas hollowing out in favor of urban areas as the population ages?

          • BKFR

            I don’t know that the numbers are but I am pretty sure that the number of corporate vehicles in Japan is significantly higher than anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. That might well explain why the ratio is high. I do not believe that individual car ownership is anywhere near as high as in the US or France or Germany for example. Also, again I don’t know the numbers but if you just look at the roads, there are a large number of so called K-trucks which are tiny trucks about the size of an Italian vespa three-wheeler. If you are 1.80 m and above, you wouldn’t even fit into the cockpit of those unless you are a Yoga practitioner and able to sit down while putting your head between your knees. They are just ubiguitous in Japan. Every farmer has one, every company has a bunch of them. They count as cars in the statistics but they are just glorified bicycles with a loading platform for transporting material.

            Also, there are plenty of Sunday drivers in Japan. Insurance companies even have special packages for Sunday driver car insurance. These may have a car but they don’t use it like we use cars in Europe or the US. They go everywhere by public transport and taxi. They only take their own car when they make a trip to the countryside with family.

            There are also large car rental companies with huge fleets. Most people who live in cities do not own nor do they want to own a car. It is far too much hassle to own a car if you live in Tokyo. Even if you went everywhere you go within Tokyo by taxi, you are likely to spend less on taxi fares than the total cost of ownership of a car would be there.

            So what do they do when they need a car? they go to the nearest car rental outlet. Those are everywhere, almost like convenience stores. And they are open 24/7. You can go there and get a car even at short notice and for a very reasonable rental fee. So if you need a car, you do not need to own one, rental is much cheaper and without all the hassle that comes with car ownership. Those rental fleets will likely be orders of magnitude larger than any rental fleet in any Western country.

          • coldtusker

            I think that’s a model many US cities should adopt. I hope the so-called “self-driving” revolution that seems to be on the horizon will reduce the number of cars needed in US (or other) cities. I read an article that quotes a study that on average a “passenger” car in the US is only used 2 hours/day. Of course, there’s a huge variation on weekdays and weekends. The rest of the time it sits in a parking spot somewhere. You cracked me up with your description of a K-truck. I have seen a lot of those in developing countries. Cheap, easy to maneuver in traffic, many variations available and flexible. I would think those would be ideal as EVs with small(er) size of battery size required, multiple stops, non-polluting [vs diesel in a city environment] and used over short(er) distances.

  • Tyycoon

    Nikki this is very informative…..and to me speaks volumes. As someone nwith a vested interest in H2stations and therefore FCEV’s…this nrepresents a clear real-time ..not speculative…view as to what the nmarket for EV’s are. Given the highest access to chargers….they are nselling a small amount of EV’s. In the US, I believe if implemented nnow, while gas prices are down, a pure green H-station network would naccelerate the FCEV industry. Nikki I have a question…what is your nopinion about California, despite there being a pure green option, ngiving grants to carbon based H-stations?

  • sTv0

    The economics of hydrogen seem not to be of benefit to FCEV advocates, unfortunately. As well, the physics and chemistry also do not work in FCEVs favour. nFunny how that works, isn’t it? nnnAnd that doesn’t even begin to answer the biggest question, and the coolest factor of all: Can you refuel your FCEV at your home, in your garage? No, you can’t. You *still* have to go to a refueling station. But I can refuel my BEV in my garage whilst I sleep. Huge game-changer, and nearly *every* EV driver with whom I’ve had conversations have said just exactly that. In fact, one EV driver in particular remarked: “I just don’t understand why all these gas car drivers don’t “get it”. I see them line up at the gas pumps as I’m driving by in my Leaf…”

    • karategirl

      Charging your car at home while you’re sleeping is now available through Tesla batteries called “PowerWall”. In my opinion, it is just mater of time to spread that technology all over the world. However, I wonder if hydrogen fuel cells will not cause any sort of pollution ? and will we be really able to produce that huge quantity of hydrogen fuel and buy it with reasonable price in spite of electricity ? I think that’s the question !

      • sTv0

        The Powerwall is 7 kWh. The smallest battery in any current production EV is 18 kWh. The math doesn’t work there.

        • cwg999

          Yes, the math is that you would need a crap load of solar panels to charge TWO (if not more) of the powerwalls to live off the grid in your tesla and get a full charge each day. You should NOT be using a PowerWall to charge your car after charging it with household electrical power… That would be like using AAs to charge your AAAs….

          • rene van druten

            My 11 solar panels produce on a sunny day 20 KWh, I use about max 10 for my house. So I can charge 10 KWh each day….

          • coldtusker

            I like your analogy but isn’t the goal(s) to charge the PowerWall 1) Using solar or other renewable during high production/low use periods? 2) Charge the PowerWall when supply (from the grid) is cheaper at certain times of the day? With improvements in small wind blades/turbines and solar technology [as well as falling prices] the production during sunny days may be sufficient to power at least one car. In Japan, as I understand it, I don’t think most folks have 2 cars. Even then most of these cars are small vs the average US car.

          • cwg999

            The use of a powerwall can be to do (1)(2) as you have stated, but if your Tesla is hooked up to the grid it can do (1)(2) too, because it has its own batteries, so in that case why are you wasting battery cycles? If you’re off the grid and your Tesla is away from home while your solar panels are collecting then yes there would be a case where you would want to use your power-pack to charge your Tesla when you get back; however if your car is in the garage during the day then it shouldn’t be heading to the battery unless your Tesla is full! Even now there are hydro plants buying powerwalls for storage at night, it’s great! The economics are favorable but are the environmental impact of these batteries worth it?

          • coldtusker

            I do not know the environmental impact of these batteries BUT I think overall they will be positive if the initial power source is “green” [solar, wind] at the house/building or even if supplied from the grid where there’s a base production required. It would reduce the need for running thermal generation at night when supply [solar] drops off or at periods with low wind power.

            Yes, I agree re: charge Tesla/Hybrid/EV first before the PowerWall. I am sure it’s not that difficult to program and direct the “charge” to phones, EVs, etc before the PW is charged i.e. it lies at the bottom of the pile.

            An affordable PowerWall would be great for off-the-grid structures where running a power line is not economically feasible. I know of a place where they run a turbine [in a river] that produces a minimum “charge” 24/7 whether the power is used or not. They experimented with pumping water uphill for general use. As you say, a PW is ideal for them when as soon as their usage exceeds the peak production.

      • cwg999

        PowerWall is used for taking the energy generated by Solar Panels and using it to power other things, possibly including your car, but that is not its main purpose

    • Daniel Jacobson

      It could be that EVs are an intermediate step towards a FCEV, most Japanese manufacturers aren’t looking at them as a near term product. Japan is also researching fuel cells for home electricity, so “charging” infrastructure to the home may be via natural gas pipes, or via electrolysis of water. Natural gas isn’t a carbon free fuel today obviously (nor are most electrical grids) but I am aware of some emerging technologies that are able to split CH4 into H2 and solid carbon e.g. via pyrolysis.

  • BenBrownEA

    Has there been an article anywhere on electric car drivers or groups in Japan? For some reason I’ve never given much thought to the adoption of electric cars there…don’t know why not..

  • Jackson Clark

    Why does that map include Jejudo? That’s a Korean island

    • Ron Geurts van Kessel

      The illustration used is simply a global map (although stations are mostly limited to Japan, Europe and the US) zoomed in to Japan.

      • woden1809

        There are plenty of stations on the Korean mainland. Strange why they are not represented.

        I am being sensitive on behalf of Korean netizens, who will go into predictable uproar and claim it is part of Japan’s bid to recolonise the country.

        They have always had a soft spot for Saishu.

        • Eric G Miller

          Agree. As far as I can see Korea has a few more CHAdeMO than Japan, If one counts Tesla superchargers (not mentioned in article) Japan has more high power stations. Don’t see any superchargers in Korea.

          • Josh E. C.

            I looked at your link and the chargemap address is wrong, its .com, not .org and the map being displayed in the article is from Plugshare via the CHAdeMO website.

        • coldtusker

          Isn’t it better to have WW3 fought using electric vehicles/ships that would “die” halfway than H2 powered vehicles/ships that might make it across the strait/sea?

      • Jackson Clark

        So, you want me to believe there are no charging stations in South Korea, except for Jeju?
        Lol, very very poor research and reporting here.

  • zubinster

    What a horrible article. The illustration is laughable!

    My favorite thing in the article is the picture of the map of Japan covered up with little icons of charging stations, while the caption reads: “JAPAN IS BLANKETED WITH CHARGING STATIONS. (PHOTO:CHARGEMAP)”

    Well, no kidding. I am convinced now!

    When I go to Charge Map I see a map under Japan, which only shows 4 charge stations. And ChargeMap Does not even seem to use those types of icons. Did you just make that illustration up?

    When I look under the stats for Japan on Charge Map, I read the following;

    “4 Charge Points 12 Plugs”

    So I say, nonsense.

    • Ron Geurts van Kessel

      The map is actually courtesy of the CHAdeMO association and can be found here: http://www.chademo.com/wp/jpmap/

      It would seem that there are not a lot of Japanese users on chargemap.org.

      • rodmacpherson

        I’m not at all surprised. I’ve been an EV driver for 2 years (in Canada) and have never heard of Chargemap.org before now. (or .com which I’m guessing you meant as .org doesn’t even seem to exist)

        The map looks like it’s from PlugShare.com

      • Eric G Miller

        Even on the map you reference I only see 9 stations. On Plugshare I see less than 20 high power stations, and some are Tesla superchargers. In any case, whatever the article shows is extremely misleading.

      • Josh E. C.

        As rodmacpherson states, its CHdeMO association using the PlugShare website link all powered by Google map plugin.
        When I click the link to chargemap.org I am getting “DNS can not be found” its .com, not ,org.

        Eric G, you may want to go to plugshare again since it shows what is pictured in the article for me. Though it tells little on the total number as it also the number in the entire map for the high power/superchargers on the JP islands since the discontinued the counter feature. Since Chargemap is not as popular.

  • Your photos look like they are from ChargePoint’s PlugShare website, not Chargemap

    • Josh E. C.

      ChargePoint and PlugShare are two different websites, CP is a plug in station provide with its own map separate from PS. The map shown with the pins is from PlugShare.

      • You’re right. I don’t know why I thought Chargepoint owned Plugshare.

  • feesch

    Though exciting on surface, this is spin surely?
    A. Define charging station / number of vehicles per station vs refuel at garage forecourt in terms of numbers / and time per refuel.
    B. Electric provided by what means? For using fossil fuels at supply point, achieved nothing of significant interest.

  • Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, I’ve been in Japan for nearly 20 years now, and I’ve yet to see one in ANY part of northwest Japan, yet. So that map is BS. And to say that Japan has “embraced” this technology is a bit of a stretch as well. Lots of hybrid cars, but all running on gas. Very few users of 100% electric cars.

    • Josh E. C.

      Look at PlugShare as that is where the map images are from. This is not a zoomed in view so the stations are not as close at they appear.

    • coldtusker

      The article does make a point to inform us that the % of EV (including hybrid) cars is still a small percentage of the total number of cars but the % is growing.

  • Kaerber

    Well… Every gasoline canister stored in a garage is a “private gasoline station” then.

    • Eric G Miller

      No, totally different. With a gas canister I need to drive to a gas station and refill it. There is no “electric canister” I need to refill at an electric station. Electricity comes to my home via the grid and in my case the panels on my roof.

      • Kaerber

        You can order them delivered, much like electrical grid, or panels on your roof.

  • Povel Vieregg

    I am a big advocate of electric cars, but counting charging in peoples homes is rather retarded. This kind of promotion does not benefit the EV movement.

    I have still not managed to see any proper explanation for why hydrogen makes sense. It is a terrible fuel to handle and transport. The space industry is already trying to move away from it. I think methane or ethanol would make more sense in a fuel cell car as it is so much easier to transport, store and handle. One could also use a lot of existing infrastructure.

    Then there is the problem of the terrible inefficiency of producing hydrogen compared to storing electricity in batteries. I agree that there are advantages to using some sort of fuel as bi product of surplus electricity production as it scales better than batteries, but then you would want something easy to store and transport. Hydrogen isn’t it.

    • Eric G Miller

      I thought the article explained counting home charging well. For example, 90% of my charging is at my home. Does that make my home a fuel station? On the one hand only me charging is way different than being open to the public. OTOH it saves me the hassle of driving to a fueling location 90% of the time. At the very least home charging greatly reduces the need for public charge points. Ignoring that benefit and only comparing public charge locations would also be way off base.

      • Povel Vieregg

        Bottom line is that the way you use EVs and charge them is so fundamentally different from how you use ICEs that it will always be hard to compare the two.

        In your case, what you say makes total sense. In e.g. my case it would matter more with public charging because getting charging setup in my garage complex isn’t straightforward. They wires couldn’t handle every inhabitant setting up charging on their parking lot.

        Honestly I think one has to think very different about charging compared to gasoline. I would like to see some work being done on building public charging on guest parking spots in neighborhoods. That could benefit both visitors and residents without having to build out as many charging spots as each and everyone having their own charger.

        • coldtusker

          There could be common (paid) charging points in various buildings and parking lots. Large parts of the US have a lot of single/detached houses but many smaller countries’ cities/towns with larger populations per sq mile have more apartment complexes with shared parking or street parking eg London, Tokyo, etc. They could combine a parking meter with a charging point? Or park for free if you pay for a charge? 😉 [In NYC, at the parking rates, charging should be free!]

  • Japan has a population of around 127m, and there is more than one car for every two people, i.e. about 65m in total. These 65m cars are served by those 34,000 gas stations in a way that a car has to stop only for a few minutes to be refilled and have a payment transaction conducted.

    And the batteries?

    • coldtusker

      Cars or Vehicles? I doubt trucks will switch to EV soon. Eventually though but the tech may improve. Or the Tesla model where they want to replace your battery [out, in and go] instead of waiting for a charge.

  • Cranky

    Sorry, didn’t read all the posts below. This sounds great, but are they still getting power from rediculously dangerous Nuclear power. Shouldn’t the world be putting much more focus on cleaning up their disaster? Sorry for the derail.

  • exit11

    We’ve got one a 5-minute walk from our house, in a family mart parking lot.

  • Bruce Moore

    You can charge at your home 24×7. All gas station are not available 24×7.

  • Revolution! Posted to the Elon Musk facebook group http://www.facebook.com/groups/ElonMusk

  • Duncan Cairncross

    Hydrogen is a scam, the hope is to keep consumers locked into a model where they go to “Gas Stations”

    The reason Hydrogen will NOT take off is simple physics
    The Hydrogen needs to be compressed in order to get to a usable energy/volume ratio
    The compression takes energy
    This means that a Hydrogen powered car starts with about a 30% efficiency hit over a battery vehicle

  • Sebastien Pinto

    VHS or BETA, who will win?

  • Patrick Boo

    The best option is to develop Solar cars and Wind power cars, than the battle of the Electric & Hydrogen will be over.

    • coldtusker

      I am going with the Bedrock Models… Leg Power!

  • leptoquark

    Nikki, I’m curious, how does this compare to Norway, measured the same way? Norway is supposed to be an EV powerhouse, and it really is a serious milestone on the road to the emergence of an electrified vehicle fleet.

    How does this compare to California, again measured the same way?

  • Art Edwards

    What powers the charging stations? It it’s coal, then this is not a win. You’re driving a coal-fired car. If they are powered by solar, wind, or nuclear, then you have at least closed the loop on carbon footprint. So, what does power these charging stations?

  • Ted R. Collier

    So once they have a possibly sustainable system in place, they look at switching to a petroleum based solution that is FAR more dangerous than gasoline. Hmm… Yeah, THAT makes sense….

    Give me a sustainable future, and we’ll see.

  • Ed Villanueva

    I Are gas stations count as one even if there are 4 Pumps? Are the chargers counted as one each or per Station?

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