Transportation / Mobility

October 28, 2009


EV Fast-Charging Service to Be Tested at Gas Stations

Keywords: Energy Conservation Non-manufacturing industry Transportation / Mobility 

Nippon Oil Corp. (oil distributor), NEC Corp. (electronic manufacturer) and Nihon Unisys, Ltd. (ICT service provider) jointly started a pilot project, commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to provide a fast-charging service for electric vehicles at gas stations from October 2009 to the end of March 2010.

Nippon Oil will install quick chargers at its 22 gas stations across the nation, primarily in Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture. Using 20 of Mitsubishi Motors' electric cars, "iMiEV," the company will explore and verify the customer need for fast-charging services, as well as additional services to be offered during fast-charging. Nippon Oil will also consider the most appropriate method to charge fees and authenticate subscribers to the service.

NEC will provide the quick chargers and relevant software (authentication and billing systems, and a control system) in order to verify their operability and reliability. Meanwhile, Nihon Unisys will develop and test a system that provides information on the location of charging stations and their availability through a car navigation system.

At a gas station in Fukuoka Prefecture, a photovoltaic system is to be installed to supply power to the quick charger, with the aim of identifying technical problems and assessing economic viability. Furthermore, at three gas stations, an EV sharing service will be offered to investigate the potential of this business.

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Posted: 2009/10/28 06:00:15 AM