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Japanese-led electric vehicle charging network completed in California

  • June 18, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 7:36 p.m.
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Pinole, California, June 18 (Jiji Press) — A ceremony took place in Pinole, northern California, on Monday to celebrate the completion of a large-scale network for charging electric vehicle batteries, a project joined by Japanese firms Nissan Motor Co. and Kanematsu Corp.

The demonstration project, led by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, or NEDO, is designed to collect and analyze data on various electric vehicle usage behavior patterns during a period ending in February 2021.

The network has 57 chargers along a stretch of some 500 kilometers connecting Monterey to Lake Tahoe.

California has set a goal of increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles to five million units by 2030.

Jared Blumenfeld, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, told the ceremony that improving battery charging infrastructure is essential to achieving the goal.

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