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Enhancement of the Initiatives Concerning the Promotion of Electric and Other Vehicles

Aiming to further accelerate the dissemination of electric and other vehicles,* the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will enhance the related projects utilizing the FY 2014 Supplementary Budget.

1. Current situation of the promotion of electric and other vehicles

METI has been endeavoring to promote the use of next generation vehicles in order to achieve goals set by the 2014 Automobile Industry Strategy.**

The government, municipalities and related industries in Japan have been collaborating to promote the wider use of electric and other vehicles. As a result of these initiatives, accumulated number of domestic sales of such vehicles have reached around 110,000 in total (as of February 28, 2015), marking the second largest number of electric vehicles owned in the world. In addition, the number of installed electric charging equipment necessary for the dissemination of such vehicles, has come to more than 10,000 units.***

2. Future actions toward the dissemination

METI will conduct the following projects utilizing the FY 2014 Supplementary Budget:

1) Subsidy program for supporting the introduction of clean energy vehicles: 10.0 billion yen

This is a subsidy program for supporting purchasers of electric and other vehicles for part of the expenses incurred for purchasing such vehicles.
Starting the acceptance of applications: March 9 (Mon.), 2015

2) Projects for facilitating the development a charging infrastructure: 30.0 billion yen

  1. Project for installing chargers

    This is a project for subsidizing the purchase price and installation costs of battery chargers so as to promote the use of next-generation vehicles. Under the project, METI aims to double the number of installed chargers.
    Starting the acceptance of applications: March 2 (Mon.), 2015

  2. Survey to ascertain electric and other vehicle expressway usage patterns

    This project surveys how such vehicles are used on expressways. Participating drivers receive subsidies for distances driven over the initial 1,000 yen-charge zone (for standard motor vehicles). For details, see Appendix(PDF:121KB) PDF File (in Japanese).

Notes:
*1: The term “electric and other vehicles” refers to electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
** 2: The 2014 Automobile Industry Strategy sets goals for the ratios of the next-generation vehicles accounting for the passenger vehicle market: 20–50% in 2020 and 50–70% in 2030. Regarding electric and other vehicles, the goals are set at 15–20% in 2020 and 20–30% in 2030. As additional information, the sales of passenger vehicles in 2014 were about 4.70 million.
***3: According to the survey by CHAdeMO Association, about 3,000 rapid chargers for electric vehicles have already been installed (as of February 28, 2015), while, according to the survey by the Electric Vehicle Power Supply System Association, about 11,000 standard chargers have been installed (based on the shipping quantity as of December 31, 2014). Specifically, about 280 units have been installed at service and parking areas along expressways and about 300 units have been installed at roadside stations across Japan. Moreover, additional installation of new chargers is under development at shopping centers and convenience stores.

Contact counter for applying for the project:

Next-Generation Vehicle Promotion Center (Website: http://www.cev-pc.or.jp/english/index.htmlExternal Site Link)
Telephone

  • Information on the subsidy program for supporting the introduction of clean energy vehicles: 03-3503-3782
  • Information on the projects for facilitating the development of infrastructures for charging next-generation vehicles
    1. Project for installing chargers: 03-5501-4415
    2. Survey to ascertain electric and other vehicle expressway usage patterns: 03-5501-4416

Release date

March 12, 2015

Divisions in charge

Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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