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Japanese vending machines to get EV chargers, will quench both thirst and range anxiety

Tim Stevens
03.09.11
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Everywhere you go in Japan there are vending machines. Whether you're in a Buddhist monastery or a botanical garden you're never far from a cold bottle of Pocari Sweat or Gokuri Apple. Soon Japanese drivers will never be far from a place to charge their EV, either. Forking Company, which oversees 1.2 million vending machines across Japan, is going to start working with Panasonic to deploy chargers for electric vehicles along with those machines. It's a potentially perfect solution, since these stations already having power and, often, connectivity. Over the next 12 months the plan is to deploy 10,000 such chargers -- and probably just as many menacing looking posters of Tommy Lee Jones hawking his particular blend of coffee.



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