In a discussion on existing types of electric vehicles in Japan it is stated that such vehicles are three times the price of conventional vehicles, that they have a maximum speed of 75 km/h, the distance travelled per battery charge is some 60 km, the batteries need 8 hours for a recharge, and that the battery is good only for about 500 discharge/recharge cycles. Electric vehicle research and development programmes are described, leading to the formation within Japanese industry of a research and development organization for standard electric vehicles. The organization's primary objective is described as to manufacture and test models of electric vehicles that could be marketed at only one and a half times the price of a comparable vehicle, given a mass production run of 1000 units a month. Target performance figures are presented. /TRRL/

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    Japan External Trade Organization

    2 Akasaka Aoicho
    Tokyo 107,   Japan 
  • Publication Date: 1978-5

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 21-22
  • Serial:
    • Focus Japan
    • Publisher: Japan External Trade Organization
    • ISSN: 0021-4760

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184493
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM