7-11 has contract Toyota to develop an exclusive line of hydrogen fuel cell powered delivery trucks. The move is part of a larger effort by 7-11 to reduce its carbon emissions in Japan and promote more environmentally friendly vehicles, in general. The delivery trucks, themselves, will be built by Toyota’s Hino Motors unit. They will […]
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Originally published on EV Obsession. Incentives are an interesting thing. Sometimes, the ones you think will work the best don’t work too well. Sometimes, ones you don’t think will have as much effect end up having a huge effect. Sometimes, incentives work great with one population but don’t work so well with another population. Electric car […]
Via EV Obsession: More than one million all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids have been sold worldwide to date, according to the most recent figures. Considering that the 500,000 threshold was just passed last July, that means that growth has really been picking up as of late — with a bit over 200,000 in sales between […]
Japan is committed to creating a hydrogen society in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but it has no hydrogen and no idea how to get it without emissions.
To maintain the serenity of rural tourist attractions, Japan has employed the locally built Nissan LEAF as suitable companion to its more natural destinations. In an area Northwest of Tokyo, roughly an hour by bullet train, sprouts one of Japan’s three most popular “onsens” or hot springs. The Matsunoyama hot springs reach temperatures of 208 degrees Fahrenheit (98 […]
Ah, society — takes us decades to turn a simple, life-saving corner. Subsidizing fossil fuels in the 21st century has got to be one of the dumbest things society has ever done… (and we’ve done a lot of dumb things). We have cheaper alternatives that don’t kill us and cause all kinds of health problems […]
I’m fairly turned off to infographics these days, as many are simply a lot of colors and squiggly lines with little substance. However, some really good ones come across my desk from time to time. Thanks to a good friend, Amber Archangel, I’ve got a great one to share. The infographic was created for Car Leasing Made […]
As far as Toyota is concerned, electric vehicles don’t have much use outside of dense urban environments. For long-range (and the long term) Toyota is investing into hydrogen fuel cell technology, though the automaker hasn’t completed abandoned EVs. The Toyota i-Road trike is undergoing trials in several countries, including Japan, where the automaker is asking […]
The Tesla Model S is, in many ways, a marvel of modern engineering, an all-electric luxury sedan with 265 miles of range and up to 691 horsepower on tap. Yet it is also a closely-guarded vehicle by its builders, and any attempt to modify the drivetrain or software could get you a stern call from […]
Tesla Motors started it by selling its cars online, bypassing traditional dealers. BMW has been paying attention and has learned from the Tesla experiment. As of last Wednesday, the BMW i3 is now available online through Amazon in Japan, reports Yahoo! News. “We have 46 dealers (which sell the electric model) in Japan, but we hope […]
For two years now, Mazda has teased us with the promise of diesel engines that are both efficient, and worthy of the brand’s “Zoom-zoom” tagline. The Mazda6 diesel was supposed to go on last sale, but difficulties meeting American emissions standards and performance expectations has delayed the engine again and again. Mazda is having no […]
Following the Allied victory over Germany and Japan in 1945, both loser nations required massive rebuilding effort that were hampered by a serious lack of oil. Japan in particular lacked easy access to oil, and in the years following World War II creative mobility solutions were required, which included the Tama electric car. Tama, which […]
It’s no secret that Elon Musk isn’t exactly enthused with sales of the Tesla Model S in China, threatening management firings and reorganization over less-than-stellar results. We haven’t heard as much about Japanese sales though, as just a handful of Teslas have gone to the Land of the Rising Sun, and at least one of […]
The establishment of an infrastructure to support electric and plug in cars is proceeding rapidly in Japan. According to Bloomberg News, Nissan says there are now 40,000 public and private charging stations in Japan versus only 34,000 gas stations. The availability of charging stations is an important factor for buyers considering an electric or plug […]
Americans will have to wait at least one more year before the 148 MPG Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV goes on sale here.
How do you convince somebody that an electric car can meet their daily driving needs? Why not give them a free Nissan LEAF for a couple of months to try on for size? In Japan, Nissan is “giving” up to 2,000 potential owners the chance to try out a LEAF for a couple of months […]
G20 countries are spending $88 billion on finding new fossil fuels each year, despite the evident dangers.
Toyota is entering its upcoming Toyota FCV Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan in the Japanese Rally Championship- does it have a prayer at victory?
The Honda SENSING driver assist system has debuted on the all-new Legend sedans in Japan, better known here as the Acura RLX, ahead of a worldwide rollout.
Japanese customizing firm Everyn Garage recently turned its attentions to the 2015 BMW i3, building an aggressively styled body kit for the sporty EV.