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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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 […]
The Japanese government is doling out a huge $20,000 incentive towards the purchase of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
With more than 100,000 units sold, the Nissan Leaf is one of the best selling pure electric cars in history- if not the overall leader. The car’s commitment to emission-free driving and forward-looking technology, rather than the appeasement of the “range anxiety” set, is one of the reasons Nissan (and its sister company, Renault) look […]
Japan has offered to provide half of the loans required to build a 37-mile maglev train between Baltimore and our national capital, Washington D.C. The saddest part? How happy officials are to have the help.
JAXA, Japan’s national space agency has unveiled plans to harvest solar power from space, transmitting the energy via laser or microwaves to receivers on the ground. And they want to do it by 2030.
The Japanese government has granted an autonomous Nissan Leaf a license plate, making it the first road-legal self-driving car in the island nation.
While nobody will ever accuse the first-generation Nissan Leaf of being a sports car, a few magazines and test drivers have shown that some small modifications can make a big difference on this little EV. NISMO, Nissan’s in-house performance shop, is offering Japanese customers suspension and motor control modifications that make the Leaf a sportier version of itself.
You know TommyKaira from your Playstation – but it’s real, and their new electric sportscar with a former Sony President at the helm. The car, itself, promises stunning performance from its 305 hp, 300 lb-ft electric motor, which pushes it to a quick 0-60 time in just over 3.9 seconds.
The developer of the Eliica eight-wheeled electric car and the 200-mile Sim-WIL has created the Sim-CEL, another electric car which is just as wacky, weird, and unattractive as its predecessors. Yet the weird swoopy design is less about aesthetics than it is about aerodynamics, and when you put it like that, the Sim-CEL makes sense.
There has been a lot of debate over the fast-charging standards of future electric vehicles. While Tesla has been busy perfecting its own “supercharger”, the world’s leading automakers, among them GM, VW, and Ford, have come out with a universal fast charger for future plug-in automobiles. This united, single charger will mean that makers of EV […]
My first car was a 200,000-mile Mercury mini-van. When that died, my parents helped me buy a Saab 900 Turbo. That car was fast, fun, and safe, saving my life in not one, but two accidents. So I was sad to hear that the Swedish automaker was finally closing down for good. Or is it? […]
Banking on the success of the Prius brand, Toyota has expanded its hybrid offerings three-fold with the Prius Plug-In, Prius V, and upcoming Prius C. While both the Plug-In and V models of the Prius offer substantial steps up in technology and space (respectively), it is the diminutive Prius C that seems to have captured […]
With the NHTSA probing the Chevy Volt’s battery pack for fire problems, and Fisker recalling its first 50 cars over cooling issues, there are a lot of questions about the safety of big car batteries. Well Nissan has some answers, thanks to two-dozen LEAF electric vehicles that were ravaged by the devastating earthquake and tsunami […]
Electric buses, hydrogen-powered buses, hybrid buses – public transportation seems to be getting greener and greener. This month, Suntory Holdings of Japan has jumped on the green bandwagon by offering factory tours on battery-powered buses charged at solar-powered stations.
Gas2 readers may remember the electric mopeds for rent outside train stations in Japan. The phenomenon seems to be spreading – now Tajimi Citi in Gifu Prefecture has launched an initiative to spread awareness of electric vehicles among its populace. The same electric mopeds – the Yamaha EC 03 – will be available for rent in front of the Kokokei JR Station, starting in December.
Honda appears to be adding three new hybrid models to its Freed lineup – they’re on Honda’s Japanese homepage, but the press release seems to be forthcoming. Where’s the formal announcement, Honda?
Mitusbishi wants to convince you that their MiEV is not only cleaner than an ICE car, but more versatile as well. To prove that their giant mobile battery on wheels presents possibilities that are nearly endless, Mitsubishi staged a demonstration in the Toyosu district of Tokyo, hosted by sexy model/actress Aki Higashihara and culinary student […]
A new electrically assisted bicycle, the PAS Brace L (no idea what the logic behind the name is), will be available from famed motorcycle-maker Yamaha in the middle of next month.
A Japanese food delivery service for the elderly could not find an electric vehicle that suited their needs…so they built their own electric scooter and called it the “E-Pick1.” With 200 already on roads and another 800 expected soon, this food service-turned-scooter-company is already seeing a rise in interest in its electric scooters.