EV roundup: Mixed demand read in Asia, Apple hangs in the background

|By:, SA News Editor

The number of electric vehicle charging stations (including households) in Japan has soared to 40K, according to data compiled by Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY). The tally is about 6K higher than the number of gas stations in the nation.

Demand for EVs in South Korea hasn't taken off despite government subsidies. A summary from Insidevs.com indicates less than a thousand electric cars were sold in 2014 with Kia (OTC:HYMLF) accounting for a majority of them.

The presence of Apple (see today's latest) and Google hanging over the automobile industry has given a lift to select stocks associated with the EV market in China. There's also talk from Beijing of new policies to support EV sales in the nation.

It's been a relatively quiet day for Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA), although the company did set its attorneys loose in Missouri to join a lawsuit in the state over the direct-to-consumer sales model. Shares of Tesla are up 0.4% to $204.56 on light volume.

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