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Pivot to Electric: EVs’ Growing Status in the Japanese Auto IndustryYasui Takayuki

The combustible engine has been the heart of the automobile industry since the invention of the car more than 130 years ago. But in the face of environmental concerns, electric vehicles have emerged to challenge this supremacy. Japanese manufacturers like Nissan are maneuvering to lead the ongoing shift toward adopting EV technology.

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

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 wit…

Honda to Launch Electric Vehicles in Europe in 2019 (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 12 (Jiji Press)—Honda Motor Co. on Tuesday announced plans to sell electric vehicles in Europe from 2019, with Britain and France aiming to ban sales of fossil-fuel vehicles by 2040. The Japanese automaker will make motor-driven versions--electric, hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles--available whenever it releases a new vehicle model in Europe from now on, while scaling back sales o…

Nissan to Launch New Leaf Electric Vehicle Model in October (News)

Chiba, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)—Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday it will launch a fully remodeled version of its zero-emissions Leaf electric vehicle on October 2. The second-generation Leaf, to be priced between ¥3,150,360 and ¥3,990,600 yen, can travel up to 400 kilometers on a single full battery charge, against 280 kilometers for the current model, thanks to a higher battery capacity. …

Competition Sparks a New Generation of Electric Vehicles

The eyes of car enthusiasts around the world were on Tokyo in December 2011, when the forty-second Tokyo Motor Show was held. In line with the theme of the event, “Mobility can change the world,” automakers showcased futuristic electric vehicles designed to meet tomorrow’s needs for urban mobility. Japanese manufacturers in particular unveiled concept cars that combine fun and practicality.

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