Japan now has more electric vehicle charging points than gas stations, an encouraging milestone in a nation that has long been a leader in the transition to post-fossil fuel-powered transportation.

Bloomberg reports Nissan Motor Company, which manufactures the all-electric Leaf, made the surprising discovery while counting Japan’s electric charging points. There are currently 40,000 places to charge electric cars, including fast-chargers and in-home systems, surpassing the nation’s 34,000 gas stations.

Gas stations have multiple pumps and can service many more vehicles than charging points. But the newly-released statistics show that efforts to increase the number of electric vehicles—and the infrastructure necessary to keep them running—have paid handsome dividends.

Nissan’s battery-powered Leaf is capable of traveling up to 135 km (84 miles) on a single charge, with fears of being stranded with a dead battery dampening demand for the innovative car. But with the growing number of charge points across both Japan and the United States, owning an electric vehicle is now easier and more convenient than ever.

“An important element of the continued market growth is the development of the charging infrastructure,” Joseph G. Peter, Nissan’s chief financial officer, is quoted by Bloomberg… see more

source: Digitaljournal