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As a testament to the company’s ambitions, Tesla’s Model S has been available in Japan since early September. This new market availability follows the introduction in June of the Model S in right-hand drive configuration to the UK market. Japan, like the UK, requires drivers to be on the right side of the cockpit, as […]

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Although it’s taken a few days to filter out to North American media, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has confirmed that the country will offer a substantial subsidy for the new hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles being launched in early 2015. “This is the car of a new era because it doesn’t emit any carbon dioxide and […]

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If like us you’ve been wondering where vehicle recycling efforts are heading, this latest information coming from Nissan will shed some light. Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. shared the progress report on its recycling/recovery efforts in Japan for fiscal year 2013 (April 2013 to March 2014). Following the Japanese Automobile Recycling Law, Nissan announced its recovery […]

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Four Japanese automakers are working together to make EV charging stations widely available through Japan. Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation jointly established a new company, Nippon Charge Service, LLC, (NCS) on Monday, May 26, to promote the installation of chargers for electric-powered vehicles. The goal […]

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Copper is one of the world’s most sought-after metals, widely used in automotive, but a metal with global mineable supply that could be exhausted in around 40 years. Toyota said it has worked with a group of industry partners to define a system to retrieve and recycle copper from vehicle wiring harnesses, helping secure a […]

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Nissan is working on developing systems that will allow EV users to feed electricity to their house or office while making sure the car is topped-off and ready to go when needed. Recently, Nissan has carried out an early field test of a system that will allow companies to regulate their electricity bills using the […]

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Honda has unveiled its Vezel new Urban SUV production model on the first day of the Tokyo Motor Show. The new model will carry the Vezel name for the Japanese market; Honda did not confirm what names this model will carry on other markets, but did say the new Urban SUV will be launched in […]

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Audi’s e-tron race cars have been successful in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to the point of claiming the manufacturer championship after six of eight races. This R18 e-tron quattro success was achieved in Japan by Audi Sport Team Joest in odd circumstances: heavy rain at Fuji meant that not a single lap could […]

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Mazda announced it will start trials in October of a unique system enabling vehicles and trams to communicate with one another. At the same time, the company will begin testing its Mazda Atenza ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle) on public roads in Japan. Japans’s Mazda Atenza is known in the U.S. as the Mazda6. Mazda said […]

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Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation jointly announced their agreement to work together to promote the installation of EV chargers. These will be specifically for electric-powered vehicles (PHVs, PHEVs, EVs) and the goal is to build a charging network service that offers more convenience to drivers […]

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