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With 40,000 charge points installed in Japan, the country now has more places to recharge an electric vehicle than it has gas stations. This report comes from Nissan Motor Co., which also tallied a total of 34,000 Japanese gas stations. “It’s definitely the sort of number that really crystallizes that progress that’s been made early […]

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Tokyo announced plans to build hydrogen fueling stations, add fuel cell vehicles to its fleets and offer more incentives to electric vehicle buyers as part of its $325 million initiative to move away from nuclear power. “It’s time to introduce a hydrogen era,” said Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe last week. The project includes 35 […]

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Mazda’s upcoming redesigned Mazda2 has won the Car of the Year Japan trophy. In a nail-biting finish between the Mazda2 and the Mercedes Benz C-Class, the Hiroshima compact car polled 423 votes to come from behind and win the Car of the Year Japan by 19 votes. The C-Class finished with 404 votes. This result […]

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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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