Four of Japan’s biggest car manufacturers are to join together to set up more electric car charging stations across the country.
Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi want to pave the way for higher electric vehicle adoption. They are responding to slow sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars.
At the moment there are fewer than 5,000 charging stations; another 12,000 are to be installed at shopping centres and restaurants as wells as motorway service areas and petrol stations.
The aim to have electric cars making up 15-20 percent of new car sales by 2020.
The car companies sold a combined 26,000 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles last year. That’s only 0.5 percent of new cars sold in the Japanese domestic market.