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]