Increased sales of electric cars means more electric charging locations than gasoline stations in Japan

Most people probably do not realize that in Japan, there are more locations for electrical charging of car batteries than there are gasoline stations. There are approximately 40,000 electric charging points throughout Japan compared to around 35,000 gasoline stations. Included to that 40,000 number though, are charging locations used at private residences. This trend is expected to continue as more and more electric cars are introduced into the market,not only in Japan but n other countries as well.


Source: World Economic Forum

Japan now has more electric charging points than petrol stations

There are more electric car charging points in Japan than petrol stations, according to Nissan.

The Japanese car manufacturer reports that the number of charging points in the country has surged past 40,000, compared to fewer than 35,000 petrol stations.

However, this number does include points in private homes, as well as the nearly 3,000 publicly available rapid charge points. But with the growth of the sharing economy and the rise of sites like, owners of private charging points will be able to make them available to multiple users.

The importance of charging points

As the electric car market grows, the infrastructure to support it has to grow as well.

“An important element of the continued market growth is the development of the charging infrastructure,” Joseph G. Peter, CFO at Nissan, is quoted as telling analysts in a conference call.

As the charging networks expands, electric cars are set to become a more viable option for drivers around the world. Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, sees electric cars as one of many technological advances set to change the auto industry. She believes this change will happen at an unparalleled pace.

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