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Toyota has unveiled its duo of G-Station plug-in vehicle charging systems. Set to launch in Japan this July, the G-Station chargers feature a contact-less smart-card recognition setup and can connect, via the Internet, with the Toyota Smart Center, which utilizes the Windows Azure platform – a cloud computing system from which Toyota owners can access telematics services around the globe.

Both G-Stations (Type A and Type B) are compatible with the vast majority of plug-in vehicles. The Type A (standard) charging station will be priced at 280,000 yen ($3,469 U.S. at the current exchange rate) and the Type B (advanced) charger will cost 448,000 yen ($5,549 U.S.). Toyota claims that Type A G-Station will be the industry's most affordable charger with telecommunications capabilities.

In addition to selling G-Stations to Toyota dealers in Japan, the automaker plans to expand sales to include such locations as shopping malls and restaurants. Toyota expects to sell around 3,000 G-Station units by the end of 2012. Click here (pdf) for the complete specs of the G-Station systems.

[Source: Green Car Congress]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Anyone have any idea what this is all about? 'Last week, Kanno Tomio and his team of engineers in Tochigi, Japan have patented and demonstrated a new, ultra-fast charging system that fully charged a (production-spec.) Nissan Leaf’s battery pack in under 300 seconds (that’s 5 minutes to you and me). In order to transfer the huge amounts of electricity required to charge the Leaf so quickly, Tomi’s team made use of capacitors, which could power up their own charge over time, while still releasing huge amounts energy suddenly and, it should be said, cost-effectively (this is similar, in concept, to the KERS hybrid systems employed by current Formula 1 race teams).' http://gas2.org/2011/06/18/new-tech-promises-fully-charged-evs-in-minutes/ It sounds flatly impossible to me. Just how thick would the cable need to be? How does the Leaf battery take that sort of charge? the only battery chemistry that I am aware of that can is lithium titanate, certainly not the manganese spinel used in the Leaf. See the comments in the above link for other issues, such as the cost of the capacitors. What is going on? Help!!!!!!!!
      Doug
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are they kidding? Five thousand bucks for a measly 15 amps?
      Dave D
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's only a 3kW charger??? Come on guys, at least make it capable of going 6kW.
      Nick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks about as attractive as a Sparkletts office drinking water dispenser.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      they could have a low cost model with coin slot and no connectivity. for restraurants and such. easier. quicker. more seductive. and one that's just free. at that speed you wont get much energy from a visit anyway
      paulwesterberg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why so big & bulky for a charger that is just 15A? A slimmer model that required less materials would end up costing less in the long run.
      usbseawolf2000
      • 3 Years Ago
      These chargers will fully charge Prius PHV in 1.5 hours. Sweet!
        skierpage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @usbseawolf2000
        Low-power chargers for small battery packs. It's almost as if Toyota doesn't want full EVs to succeed. Though if it's really true there are 670 CHAdeMO fast DC chargers in Japan, Toyota's underwhelming chargers may not matter.
          usbseawolf2000
          • 3 Years Ago
          @skierpage
          Range anxiety is not caused by the distance EV can travel but instead caused by not knowing where to charge. Any charger will help the EVs. A cheap and abundant charger with internet connection is what is needed for widespread EVs. What good is the charger if an EV cannot locate it? Both of these Toyota chargers are connected to the internet so anybody can find them and look up the status, etc. It goes back to the saying about the best camera being the one you have. The best charger is the one you can see in an EV.