Kyoto-based Nidec Corporation is a major supplier of electric motors to various industries, including a 80% global market share in hard disk drive (HDD) motors. In a recent announcement in April this year, they revealed an ambitious plan to vastly increase their supply capacity to the auto industry. In the article, we look at how their business plan sheds light on the predicted growth of EVs.
Japan’s first small commercial EV from a start up company was registered by its manufacturer HW ELECTRO. I joined their CEO, Hsiao Weicheng, at the registration office to learn about the car and find out if registration went smoothly.
On April 5th, 2021, eMP (e-Mobility Power) announced that it had acquired 15 billion yen (137 million USD) through third-party allocation. The companies invested in this new joint venture include Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi.
The price of a Tesla Model 3 has been significantly reduced, with both the Standard Range Plus (SR+) and Long Range (LR) models under 5 million yen ($47009) for the first time.
The EV ARIYA, Nissan’s new crossover Electric vehicle, was announced on the 15th of July. Besides a base price of 5 million yen ($47,000), there are few details available to the public, and deliveries will not start until the middle of 2021. Until then, several exciting new EVs from Nissan’s competitors (Honda e, DS 3 Crossback E-tense, Lexus UX-300e, Mazda MX-30) will be released. Is it worth waiting for the ARIYA?
A ‘Well To Wheel’ (WtW) analysis allows us to compare the environmental impact of different vehicles. In short, it considers the total energy cost of a car, from digging oil in a well, to the manufacture of the vehicle, to the vehicle being driven until it is scrapped. In this article, I will examine a WtW argument put forward by automotive giant Mazda, regarding whether EVs are indeed better for the environment.
At the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017, Toyota announced that they would commericalize all-solid-state battery technology for EVs by early 2020s. Since then, all-solid-state batteries have been considered a crucial component in the evolution of the EV industry. However, can we rely upon this technology as much as Toyota claims? To answer this question, I interviewed Mr. Toru Amazutsumi, a specialist in the field of battery research.
by Tomomi Hakomori
The devastation caused by typhoon Faxai in Chiba last month revealed Japan’s vulnerability in the midst of a changing climate. Whilst national and local governments struggled to provide sufficient aid, some people in the region survived the disaster with help from their BEVs and V2H systems. The author met with a Chiba resident to discuss his family’s story.
On July 20th, 2019, Tesla Owners Club Japan (TOCJ) partnered up with EV Owners Club (EVOC) once again to hold the 3rd annual Fuji-Subaru Line EV Parade Run. A total of 66 EVs gathered at the foot of Mt. Fuji to participate in various activities.
On July 9th, 2019, a Tesla-based lecture on electric vehicles (Advanced Technology Workshop) was held at Yamanashi Prefectural Kyonan High Technical College. This lecture, brought to the students with the help of the Tesla Owners Club Japan (TOCJ) members, was the 3rd annual lecture of its kind. Following the lecture, there was a test ride session for the students to experience first-hand riding in the passenger seat of Tesla Models S and X.