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May we some day see a desperate electric vehicle driver begging the local drugstore to break a dollar so he can get home?

Maybe, at least in Japan. What's believed to be the world's first coin-operated electric-vehicle charging machine is being produced by Fuji Electric, Green Car Reports says, citing Japan For Sustainability.

The machines allow those without smart cards or pre-registration agreements to get some EV juice by plugging the machine with change. The system allows the machine's owner to charge what they want – folks pay per kilowatt hour. Given the cost of the machine, though, the prospect probably won't come cheap. The coin-op machine costs about $7,300 more than a typical EV charging machine.

That's a lot of quarters.


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      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Silly ABG - you got the arkansas quarter wrong! Don't know where you got that one from. Here is the real Arkansas quarter! http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blclintoncoin.htm :D
        Smith Jim
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        I don't know the details about the coin but that's the Fordyce bathhouse on the front of the coin. The Fordyce bathhouse is far more interesting than it sounds.
      Ele Truk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, $7300 OVER the cost of an EVSE? Really coin acceptors aren't that expensive.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't wait until I can charge my EV with Bitcoin! :D Sooner or later, we will have that option. www.bitcointrading.com
      Doug
      • 2 Years Ago
      You're going to lift a story from another website with no additional research (which is apparently what your source did) and you can't even be bothered to to find an appropriate image? Just do a Google image search for "500 yen coin" or "100 yen coin" and you'll find plenty.