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Report: Toyota to bring Home EV chargers to market in 2012; expects to sell 50K PHEVs worldwide that year

The Nikkei reports that Toyota Motor Corp. will start selling home battery chargers for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012. Group firms Toyota Home and Toyota Industries Corp. will jointly develop the charger and will market it under the Toyota Home brand, through the sales channels of Toyota Home and its affiliate, Misawa Homes Co., according to the report.

The companies will produce two charger types, with one designed to extend from the exterior wall of a home and the other made for installation in a garage. The chargers will be compatible with non-Toyota cars, and will be priced between several tens of thousands of yen to 200,000 yen, including installation costs.

In 2012, Toyota expects to sell a total of 50,000 plug-in hybrid vehicles in Japan, the US and Europe, in addition to several thousand electric cars. It expects its sales of home battery chargers to reach 20,000 to 30,000 units during this period...The Japanese government wants 2 million regular EV battery chargers and 5,000 high-speed chargers to be installed across the nation by 2020.



Are these the typical AC charging docks as used by Nissan and GM or true DC chargers?.. If its just the AC docks then I would expect Ebay to be flooded by cheap chinese knock-off fairly soon.. after all these things are just fancy extension cords... the 1772 connector and cabling being most of the cost of the devices.


Made in China flexible complete charge station kits should hit the world market soon. The price will certainly be very competitive as all Chinese standard electrical hardware sold worldwide.

Local installation will remain a problem unless it is a plug-in unit like a kitchen stove or dryer. A standard 40 to 50 Amps 220/240 VAC outlet should be enough for Level II domestic and/or on-board chargers. Why re-invent the electrical code.

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