Japan: Daikyo, condominium builders, to help install EV chargers

Renault-Nissan Alliance announced that Nissan and Daikyo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to help create the necessary Electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.

While there is much enthusiasm in the marketplace for new EVs, such as the Nissan LEAF, customers also want to know that there is the requisite support in terms of charging for this new mode of transportation.

In urban areas, charging stations in condominium buildings are very important for mass adoption of EVs. Under the MOU, the two companies will jointly launch the “Demonstration Project for EV Charging Infrastructure in Condominium Buildings.” This project will suggest solutions and solicit participation from interested condominium buildings.

As part of the project, Nissan and Daikyo will review and suggest approaches to installing chargers in condominium buildings. This work will be done in cooperation with Daikyo Astage Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daikyo. Additionally, Nissan will provide EVs and chargers on a test basis to condominium owners for a trial period in order to identify any problems, address potential solutions and study the overall user-friendliness of the charging stations.

Nissan, Daikyo and Daikyo Astage have invited interested condominium association boards in Yokohama City and Kanagawa Prefecture (with management commissioned to Daikyo Astage) to apply to participate in the program.

Daikyo has planned to install charging infrastructure in about ten percent of the parking in each of the condominium buildings in its Lions Mansion Series scheduled for construction after April 2010.

Source: Nissan

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