- Press Release
ENECHANGE installs four 6kW Level 2 charging ports at Zoorasia and Yokohama Municipal Kanazawa Zoo
ENECHANGE Ltd. is pleased to announce the installation of four Level 2 charging ports at the Yokohama Municipal Zoorasia (hereafter, Zoorasia) and Yokohama Municipal Kanazawa Natural Park (hereafter, Kanazawa Zoo). This is the first achievement under the agreement signed with the City of Yokohama in 2023, and we will continue to promote the development of charging infrastructure within the city, working towards the realization of a zero-carbon city.
As part of efforts to combat global warming, the number of local public organizations declaring their intention to become a “zero-carbon city” with the goal of achieving net zero CO2 emissions by the year 2050 continues to increase. As of the end of December 2023, there are 1,013 municipalities (including 46 prefectures, 570 cities, 22 special wards, 327 towns, and 48 villages) that have made this commitment. The adoption of EVs is a critical component of decarbonization, and the development of charging infrastructure is essential. ENECHANGE is working with various local governments to install Level 2 charging ports in public facilities. We are supporting efforts towards becoming “zero-carbon cities” from the perspective of charging infrastructure environment preparation, with the aim of encouraging the shift to EVs among citizens and tourists.
Partnership between ENECHANGE and the City of Yokohama
Through “Zero Carbon Yokohama”, Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture is targeting decarbonization by the year 2050 with a strong emphasis on the proliferation of next-generation vehicles and the construction of their infrastructure. In June 2023, ENECHANGE entered into a partnership agreement aimed at expanding Level 2 charging facilities in the public facilities of Yokohama City.
ENECHANGE supports the establishment of EV charging ports in public facilities, and also provides assistance right from the planning stages of developing the charging infrastructure environment.
Overview of Charging Port Installation
Using government subsidies, two 6kW Level 2 charging ports have been installed in the customer parking lots of both Kanazawa Zoo and Zoorasia and are now operational. EV users will now be able to charge their vehicles while enjoying their time at the zoo, improving the convenience for visitors.
Facility Name: Yokohama City Yokohama Zoo (Zoorasia) Parking Lot
Location: 1175-1 Kami-Shirane-cho, Asahi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Building C Rooftop Parking Lot
Number of EV charging ports installed: 2
Hours of Use:8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Parking fee: 1000 yen per use
Facility Name: Yokohama City Kanazawa Natural Park (Kanazawa Zoo) Parking Lot
Location: 5-15-1 Kamafuriyahigashi, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Main Entrance Parking Lot
Number of EV charging ports installed: 2
Hours of Use:9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Parking fee: 600 yen per use
Charging Port Overview
*Zoorasia and Kanazawa Zoo
Model installed: Charge 2
Authentication type: ENECHANGE EV Charge app, charging cards
・Maximum output: 6kW *Capable of charging at twice the speed of other Level 2 charging ports (3 kW)
・Connector: Type 1 standard, usable with all EVs and PHVs *Tesla requires a conversion adapter
・Voltage: 200V (AC)
・Charging cable length: approx. 5 m
ENECHANGE EV Charge
ENECHANGE EV Charge is an all-in-one service that allows installation of charging ports for electric vehicles at condominiums, commercial facilities, lodging facilities, and other destination locations starting at 0 yen per month. The service currently has the highest number of installed EV charging ports in Japan*1. The EV Charging business also offers a comprehensive service for EV users. With the top*2 EV charging app, users can not only search for charging spots but also enjoy the simplicity of paying only for what they use without a monthly fee – a feature available for anyone to use at any time. This user-friendly service has been recognized and awarded the Good Design Award for the year 2023.
*1. Based on the number of installed EV charging ports by an app-based service provider (as of December 2023, according to GoGoEV).
*2. Based on the number of iOS & Android downloads among five EV charging service companies (as of November 2023, according to data.ai research).
ENECHANGE is an energy technology company that promotes a carbon-free society through digital technology with the mission of Changing Energy For A Better World. We offer services based on data utilization in the 4Ds of Energy: Deregulation, Digitalization, Decarbonization, and Decentralization. Our company’s roots come from an energy data lab at the University of Cambridge, UK, a country where liberalization is mature. ENECHANGE has a UK subsidiary, ENECHANGE Innovation Limited, as well as a global network and analytical technology for energy data.