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EV Charging Station at Chubu International Airport - First at a Japanese Airport

EV Charging Station at Chubu International Airport - First at a Japanese Airport

The EV Charger and a plug-in hybrid vehicle at Centrair. Photo: Centrair

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Chubu International Airport, or “Centrair,” in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture, has been operating a charging station for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) and electric vehicles (EVs) since May 17.

The station is part of the continuing demonstration testing of an EV charging infrastructure being performed by Centrair and three companies including Kariya, Aichi Prefecture-based Toyota Industries Corporation. A standard charging station for AC200 V PHVs and EVs with charging cables has been set up in the airport’s P1 reserved parking garage (open to all airport visitors). The station is available free of charge to parking lot customers. There is no time limit for using the charger.

Toyota Industries is putting effort into developing PHV and EV charging stations. The company has achieved results providing them for demonstration tests throughout Japan and in developing EV chargers for the Prius PHV. The test at Centrair is studying charging service use in an area far from the city and for vehicles in long-term parking. The test will reportedly be linked to future product development.

This is the first standard PHV and EV charging station to be set up at an airport in Japan. The demonstration test will last for one year.

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