The number of charging stations for electric vehicles in Japan declined for the first time in fiscal 2020.
The Japanese mapmaking company Zenrin surveyed charging stations installed at public and commercial facilities across Japan. It excluded those at private residences.
The company says there were 29,233 charging stations in fiscal 2020, which ended in March. That figure was down 1,087 from a year earlier. It marks the first drop since the survey began 10 years ago.
The number of stations had been growing steadily in Japan since fiscal 2010.
Electric vehicles account for only one percent of the new cars sold in Japan. It appears that charging stands are not being used very much. Some of them are outdated. Others have been removed.
The Japanese government says by 2035 it wants all new vehicles sold in the country to be powered by electricity. EVs and hybrid models are in that category.
Analysts say new incentives need to be provided to encourage people to build charging stations at condominiums and elsewhere.