On Monday, ten Japanese companies collectively announced plans to install electric vehicle chargers near existing vending machines in Japan. Initially, the electric chargers will be stand-alone units but, Forking Co., a major vending machine operator in Japan, says that eventually the machines themselves could incorporate the plug-in vehicle charging hardware.
By month's end, Forking, with assistance from Panasonic Electric Works and additional partners, will begin installing the charging stations. All told, some 10,000 chargers should be in place by this time next year. It'll be like having an entire convenience store in a box. Hat tip to Stephen!
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