Tokyo, Japan – Nine Japanese companies, including Honda, Mitsubishi and Toyota, electric power utilities and the Development Bank of Japan, have agreed to establish an organization that will provide membership-based quick-charging services for users of electric vehicles (EVs) in Japan.

The Charging Network Development Organization is intended to encourage the widespread use of EVs by helping to expand the scope of charging infrastructure.

There are only some 800 quick chargers installed in Japan, and up until now these have generally been installed by businesses and private organizations at their expense for private use or as part of a government program. Recovering the costs of quick chargers has become a significant obstacle to widespread installation.

Under the new membership service, quick-charger owners can register their chargers with the organization in a central database. The organization will then make the information available to EV users registered as members, including their location. The membership fees will pay a portion of the installation and maintenance costs incurred by the quick-charge owners.

The organization plans to start its services in fiscal year 2012.

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