In what could be seen as a awesome boost to green, Toyota has unveiled its duo of G-Station plug-in vehicle charging systems. The G-Station chargers feature a contact-less smart-card recognition setup. It and can connect via the Internet with the Toyota Smart Center, which utilizes the Windows Azure platform. As you know, it is a cloud computing system from which Toyota owners can access telematics services around the globe.
Toyota is introducing two models (Type A and Type B). Both are rated single-phase 200VAC 50/60 Hz, with continuous rated current of 15A and 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.
Further, information from the Toyota Smart Center regarding charger location and availability will be in an open format,which will allow the information to be displayed on maps on the Internet and on navigation systems produced by other manufacturers.
In addition to selling G-Station to Toyota dealers nationwide, Toyota Media Service also plans to expand sales to such locations as shopping malls and family-style restaurants. As part of this, cumulative sales of approximately 3,000 G-Station units are expected by the end of 2012.
Set to launch in Japan this July, Toyota’s G-Station chargers strikes the green note at the correct time!
(via Green Car Congress)