DEVELOPMENT AND MARKET EXPANSION POLICIES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN JAPAN

Electric vehicle research and development in Japan has expanded in the last few years in an effort to counter air pollution in the larger cities and also to protect the global environment. In terms of electric vehicles gaining popular acceptance, small mini-vans, which suit the narrow roads of Japan, have taken the lead. However, the larger vans in the small vehicle class continue to make ground. Recently, experimental passenger vehicles have also begun to appear in the cities on a trial basis. However, their on-road performances are no match for internal combustion engine vehicles and, at present, their usage is confined to the parameters befitting the capabilities of electric vehicles. Although still in the experimental stage, research is being conducted on a high performance electric vehicle with a view to on-road use in the future. In order to carry out an electric vehicle popularization program which aims to put 200,000 electric vehicles on the road by the year 2000, policies are being formulated to provide assistance in the form of technological research and the setting up of infrastructure at national and regional government level so as to promote development and popularization.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 11-23
  • Serial:
    • IATSS Research
    • Volume: 17
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences
    • ISSN: 0386-1112

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721544
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 043
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 28 1996 12:00AM