Electric-Scooter-Sharing Service to Be Tested on Southern Japan Island (News)

Economy

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)—Sumitomo Corp. said Thursday that it will test an electric scooter-sharing service on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture starting by the end of March next year.

The Japanese trading house will carry out the test in a partnership with the Ishigaki city government.

The sharing service is designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that are increasing in line with a surge in the number of tourists to the island, as electric scooters do not emit the heat-trapping gas while running.

Sumitomo and the city government think the service will help balance tourist promotion with environmental protection.

The service will use battery-swapping scooters and charging stations developed by Taiwan's Gogoro Inc.

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