Aeon Co., Japan’s leading retailer, is in talks with electric car makers to set up battery chargers for the vehicles at its shopping malls, according to a report in the Nikkei.
Aeon has been negotiating with such automakers as Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and is likely to set up the first charger at Laketown shopping mall in Koshigaya, Saitama Prefecture, they said. Laketown mall is under construction and will open this fall.
...Monitoring the use of the charger at the Koshigaya shopping mall, Aeon and the automakers will consider setting up additional chargers across Japan, the sources added.
...given the limited mileage of electric cars per battery charge—less than 200 kilometers maximum at present—setting up chargers across Japan is necessary as infrastructure for the common use of the cars.
The charger Aeon will install can recharge a vehicle such as the Mitsubishi iMiEV in less than one hour, allowing drivers to recharge while shopping. Recharging using household power will take 7-14 hours.