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Japan Now Has More EV Chargers Than Gas Stations

Like it or not, Nissan Leaf is currently the most popular EV in the world and the best selling highway-capable all-electric car ever. As of December 2014, global sales have reached over 158,000 units and since Japan is obviously where most of the buyers come from, it’s no wonder the Land of the Rising Sun now has more electric charging points than gas stations.
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So you’re a petrolhead that refuses to let the V8 slowly turn into a rare breed. You enjoy the sound, the growl and even the feeling that manual gear shifts offer. Yes, we totally understand your frustration, heck we could even accept how repulsive the so-called echo-conscious EV drivers sometimes are.

Yet let’s face it, if we seriously want to see our nephews still living on this planet, if we really want to trust that there’s still going to be any fresh air left in about 100 years from now, there simply is no other way. We need to start consuming in a more efficient way and slowly take the oil out of the equation.

After all, it has already been proved electricity is cheaper, easier to harvest and can be used to power mainly anything. And the Japanese seem to be the first among the developed countries to understand that, since it was recently proved they managed to create a bigger infrastructure for EVs than the existing one for oil-powered cars. The difference is that the gas station infrastructure took decades to create, while the electric chargers were built way faster.

40,000 to 34,000


According to Nissan Motor Co. quoted by Bloomberg, the number of power points in Japan, which includes fast-chargers and those in homes has reached 40,000, surpassing the country’s 34,000 gas stations. Sure, the personal chargers are yet to be shared with strangers, but that’s most likely something that soon will be implemented in a similar way car pooling apps work.

Could this be big news? Considering that the Nissan Leaf, which is the most popular EV in Japan, has a smaller range than Elon Musk’s electric-juiced luxury sedan we think it is. Moreover, think of Tesla Motors expansion plans and of their massive battery factory currently under construction in Nevada.

 

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