Trucks, Buses in Japan Going Electrified

Economy

Tokyo, Aug. 14 (Jiji Press)--Japanese truck and bus makers are focusing more on supplying electrified vehicles as the government is pushing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.

Hino Motors Ltd. <7205>, a commercial vehicle arm of Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>, plans to launch its first model of a large diesel-electric hybrid truck in summer next year, while stopping selling vehicles powered only by diesel engines by 2050.

"Hybrid will be the main technology for electrified commercial vehicles for the time being, as they need to balance environmental performance with usability," Hino Executive Vice President Shin Endo said.

Commercial vehicles need to carry large amounts of goods and passengers. For pure-electric models, more batteries are needed to extend driving ranges, but they become heavier in weight as a result, leading to lower load capacity.

Hino's hybrid truck will have 15 pct better mileage than conventional diesel trucks, utilizing artificial intelligence to predict road gradients in order to charge batteries efficiently on downhill sections.

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