The Nikkei reports that Japan plans to more than double the output of electric vehicle chargers used at highway service areas. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will require operators to increase the output to at least 90 kW—more than twice the current average—by 2030.
For high traffic areas and other places of heavy demand, plans call for chargers of about 150 kW.
Draft guidelines will be compiled soon.
METI says that existing fast chargers have an average output of around 40 kW. The ministry will subsidize the costs for operators to switch their chargers to 90 kW. The guidelines also will require installation of chargers every 70 kilometers.
The ministry will also promote the introduction of measurement systems with subsidies and other means, and increase the number of pay-as-you-go setups based on the actual charge amount by about fiscal 2025. In other countries, pay-as-you-go has become the norm.
Japan trails the US, Europe and China in the introduction of electric vehicles, with charging less convenient than in other countries. Tesla is installing its own 250 kW chargers. In the US, new federally funded EV charging infrastructure projects (earlier post) must now deliver up to 150kW, as requested by the EV.