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Japan is slightly smaller than the state of California. Install some charging stations for those not using bullet trains.

But maybe the real issue is the same we have here: where do urban apartment dwellers charge? This will take decades to sort out. But like granite counters, EV charging will become another selling point for some apartments and condo's.

Either way, a car like the Volt is a great gateway drug. It shows people how few miles they actually drive every day, it exposes them to the joy of EV's without the worry they will be stranded. After over 6 years with my Volt, I was confident a Bolt EV as a second, but primary, car would work for me. The Volt is a backup with a backup in case we have a really long trip that does not involve flying.
 

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For my day to day driving what can be more convenient than the 30 seconds it takes to plug in and then the 30 seconds to unplug? This includes unwrapping and wrapping the cord so it doesn't lie on the ground in a knot inducing pile.

I agree with Steverino that charging infrastructure for apartment and other multi-tenant dwellings is the biggest issue for most people. I wouldn't have a Volt (or any other EV) if I didn't own my house simply because of the parking/charging issues. I might have a "classic" hybrid, but nothing with a plug.
 

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Japan is slightly smaller than the state of California. Install some charging stations for those not using bullet trains.

But maybe the real issue is the same we have here: where do urban apartment dwellers charge? This will take decades to sort out.
In Japan? Urban apartment dwellers affluent enough to have cars also have parking stalls in basement/behind-retail garages. There's basically no civilian on-street parking in cities for anything more than scooters and work trucks blocking lanes of traffic. If you can't afford an apartment with one of those, you can't afford a car either. Smaller cities might have paved over lots that will sell parking on a monthly basis to neighborhood residents, but they're not cheap either.

But like granite counters, EV charging will become another selling point for some apartments and condo's.
I picked my apartment by that there were EVSEs in the basement. I know of at least two other residential buildings that mention having car chargers available to tenants.
 

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I'm convinced that the Japanese culture is so way different than ours. As evidence... Nissan Cube, Nintendo's refusal to fully support iOS as a gaming platform, and para para https://youtu.be/0iIwJdQDcSA
 

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I'm convinced that the Japanese culture is so way different than ours. As evidence... Nissan Cube, Nintendo's refusal to fully support iOS as a gaming platform, and para para https://youtu.be/0iIwJdQDcSA
I'd have thought you'd have identified their TV games shows...:)
 

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When we were looking for a rental down here in Houston, being able to charge at least at Level 1 was a requirement. I was also hoping to find someplace that didn't flood in one of the floods over the two previous years. Luckily found a house with a 240V outlet in the garage and it made it through Harvey with only street flooding. I bought blocks to put the Volt up onto in the garage during the storm. But for some people here, putting the car up on blocks wouldn't have kept the car from being completely submerged.
 

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