Nissan introduces all-new Note e-POWER AWD in Japan

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The car comes exclusively with Nissan’s e-POWER electrified powertrain—a non-plug-in series hybrid configuration ( earlier post )—and is scheduled to go on sale in Japan in early 2021. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Japan

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Toyota launches C+pod ultra-compact battery electric vehicle in Japan

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In Japan, it is focusing initially on the C+pod, Walking Area BEVs, and Toyota i-Road, with more than 200 corporate and local government partners currently involved in exploring new transportation models. Electric (Battery) Japan

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Sales of Nissan e-POWER electrified vehicles in Japan surpasses 500,000-unit cumulative milestone

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e-POWER made its debut in Japan on the Note compact car in November 2016. The Note claimed the best-selling car in Japan title in 2018.1. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Japan Vehicle Manufacturers

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Nissan field testing new mobility services as part of building sustainable future community in Japan

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Nissan began a field test of new mobility services as part of a partnership to promote future community building in Japan. Electric (Battery) Japan Mobility services Urban mobility

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Honda receives type designation for Level 3 automated driving in Japan

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Autonomous driving Japan Market BackgroundHonda Motor Co., has received the required type designation for Level 3 automated driving from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT).

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Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) completed in Japan; aiming for low-cost green hydrogen production; P2G

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Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS), Tohoku Electric Power Co., Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Japan Power-to-Gas Solar Solar fuels

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Toyota launches new RAV4 PHEV in Japan

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Toyota has launched the new model RAV4 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) ( earlier post ) through dealerships in Japan. Since its debut in 1994, RAV4 has pioneered the crossover SUV market, and remains the market leader. The fifth generation RAV4 was released in April 2019.

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Tokuyama and Toyota start verification tests in Japan for stationary fuel cell generator that uses by-product hydrogen; Mirai FC system

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Japan team develops solvent-free method for “milking” algae to harvest carbohydrates and phycobiliproteins

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This research was supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) Grant Number JP17K07717. Algae Algal Fuels Biomass Fuels JapanUp to now, algae has provided invaluable nutrition in the health food sector but has struggled to be competitive against petroleum-derived chemical production.

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Toyota introduces new Yaris Cross compact SUV in Japan; TNGA GA-B platform; E-Four electric AWD

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Hybrids JapanToyota Motor Corporation has released the Yaris Cross, a new-model compact SUV. The Yaris Cross will be available through Toyota dealers nationwide from 31 August. As with the Yaris, the all-new Yaris Cross adopts the TNGA platform (GA-B).

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Automotive, Telecom and ITS companies carry out first Cellular V2X trial in Japan

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Continental announced the completion of a joint Cellular V2X trial in Japan together with Ericsson, Nissan, NTT DOCOMO, OKI and Qualcomm Technologies. The companies have successfully conducted Japan’s first C-V2X testing in the country using 5.8 Following the positive test results, Continental will continue to further develop and investigate the C-V2X technology, globally as well as in Japan to enable an early global deployment. Connected vehicles CV2X Japan

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BYD partners with Keihan Bus and Kansai Electric Power to build Japan’s first pure electric bus loop line

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BYD Japan, Keihan Bus and Kansai Electric Power announced a tripartite deal in Kyoto, Japan, which will see the three parties work together to help the city achieve Japan’s 2050 carbon neutrality target and build a carbon-free society. K8 in Japan.

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KYOCERA and BYD Japan to collaborate on integrated energy system for EVs

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Kyocera Corporation and BYD Japan Co., Electric (Battery) Japanthe Japanese arm of China’s BYD Co. announced a joint project to develop an integrated renewable supply-demand energy system for EVs. By combining renewable energy from Kyocera’s solar power generating systems and BYD’s electric buses, the collaboration will maximize the effectiveness of renewable energy, greatly reduce power losses, and maintain a stable supply-demand energy balance.

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Nissan launches all-new Note in Japan, exclusively with second-generation e-POWER electrified powertrain

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Nissan launched the all-new Note compact car in Japan, with sales planned to begin 23 December. 2020 Nissan Note e-POWER (Japan Market). In 2016, the Note e-POWER became a hot seller as soon as it started sales in Japan.

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Mazda launching updated CX-3 in Japan with new 1.8L diesel

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Mazda Motor Corporation has begun accepting pre-orders for the updated Mazda CX-3 at dealerships throughout Japan. Diesel JapanThe redesigned model adopts parts of Mazda’s next-generation SKYACTIV-Vehicle Architecture. Improvements were made to the front dampers, front stabilizers and coil springs, and the G-Vectoring Control and electric power steering systems were carefully tuned to achieve even smoother changes in vehicle posture.

2018 174

Kumamoto University project to use Nissan LEAF technology in electric bus test in Japan; 3 packs, 3 motors

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Technology developed by Nissan for the battery-electric Nissan LEAF will be used in an electric bus project led by a team from Kumamoto University, that starts testing next month in Japan, with the goal of making zero-emission public transit more widespread and affordable. The company hopes the technology can help the project achieve its goal of creating environmentally friendly buses for public transportation systems in Japan. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty Japan

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Japan scientists develop new catalyst capable of assisting three different key hydrogen reactions

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Scientists from Kyushu University and Kumamoto University in Japan have developed a new catalyst capable of assisting three key reactions for using hydrogen in energy and industry.

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Japanese, Russian companies partner on feasibility study of blue ammonia value chain between eastern Siberia & Japan

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Irkutsk Oil Company (IOC), Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), and Itochu Corporation are partnering on a joint feasibility study of a blue ammonia value chain between eastern Siberia and Japan. The parties are willing to prepare a new option for energy security between Russia and Japan by establishing a new value chain which transports ammonia produced in Russia to be utilized as fuel in Japan. Toyo Engineering Corporation and?Irkutsk

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DAIHEN leverages WiTricity wireless charging technology for solar-powered mobility demo in Japan

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WiTricity’s technology for wireless power transfer over distance was central to a next-generation electric mobility demonstration in Osaka, Japan, led by DAIHEN Corporation, a global leader in electric power transmission.

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Nissan to launch 3 new EVs and 5 new e-POWER models in Japan by FY2022; 100K LEAFs sold in Japan

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Nissan announced that it plans to launch three new electric vehicles and five e-POWER models in Japan by the end of fiscal 2022 (31 March 2023). Nissan expects electric vehicles and e-POWER models to make up 40% of sales in Japan by the end of the company’s 2022 fiscal year. As our domestic market, we are proud that Japan is leading the way forward when it comes to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. 100,000 LEAFs sold in Japan. Electric (Battery) Hybrids Japan

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Toyota to offer rides in SAE Level-4 automated vehicles on public roads in Japan next summer

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Autonomous driving JapanToyota Research Institute (TRI) announced that its Platform 4 (P4) automated driving test vehicle ( earlier post ) will be available for public demonstration rides next summer in Tokyo. Offered from July to September 2020, the P4 will demonstrate Toyota’s “Chauffeur” SAE Level-4 capabilities in a specific “mobility as a service” (MaaS) driving environment. The P4 experience will take place in Tokyo’s Odaiba district, a busy and often congested waterfront subcenter.

2019 174

US, Europe and Japan to cooperate on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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On the sidelines of the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette; Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hiroshige Seko; and European Union Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Cañete signed a joint statement of future cooperation on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Europe Fuel Cells Hydrogen Japan

2019 183

Toyota launches Corolla hybrid models in Japan

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) launched hybrid versions of the Corolla Axio sedan and Corolla Fielder station wagon in Japan. Monthly sales target for Japan are 1,000 units of the Corolla Axio hybrid and 1,500 units of the Corolla Fielder hybrid. Hybrids Japan In addition, there will be a special Corolla Fielder Hybrid G Aerotourer·WxB grade.

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US, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, and EC launch new hydrogen initiative

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At the 10th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting, a new international hydrogen partnership was announced under the leadership of the United States, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and the European Commission with participation of several other CEM member countries.

Cruise and GM partner with Microsoft to commercialize autonomous vehicles; $2B in new funding, Cruise sending test vehicles to Japan

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Honda announced that it will collaborate with Cruise and General Motors on self-driving vehicles for its autonomous vehicle mobility service (MaaS) business in Japan, based on the development and commercial agreements signed in October 2018.

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New program in Japan to push development of solid-state batteries

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To support the program, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will provide ¥1.6 The Nikkei said that Japan’s industry ministry is eager for the country to reclaim its global dominance by setting standards for solid-state batteries. Batteries Japan Solid-stateThe Nikkei reports that Leading Japanese manufacturers have teamed up with the government in a program to develop solid-state batteries.

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Japan V2G demonstrator project using EVs as virtual power plant resource; METI funding

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Japan is promoting the adoption and expansion of renewable energy sources as a measure to reduce greenhouse gases. Electric (Battery) Japan Plug-ins V2XSeven companies—Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. TEPCO); TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc.; TEPCO Power Grid, Inc.; Hitachi Systems Power Service, Ltd.; Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC); SHIZUOKA GAS Co., and Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.—have

2018 195

Toyota and partners launch low-carbon hydrogen supply-chain project in Japan

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In Japan, Aichi Prefecture, Chita City, Toyota City, Chubu Electric Power, Toho Gas, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Toyota Industries have launched the Chita City and Toyota City Renewable Energy-use Low-carbon Hydrogen Project. Biomethane Climate Change Emissions Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Japan Sustainability

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Nissan launches Note e-POWER NISMO S in Japan

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The Nissan Note e-POWER NISMO S has gone on sale in Japan, offering buyers of the country’s best-selling car more power and sportiness. Popular with customers for its exciting acceleration and quietness, the innovative e-POWER system helped make the Nissan Note the best-selling registered car in Japan in the first six months of 2018, excluding minivehicles.

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Nissan’s 2nd e-Power system on sale in Japan; Serena e-POWER minivan delivers 62 mpg US on JC08

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Nissan Serena e-POWER goes on sale in JapanThe Nissan Serena e-POWER will go on sale in Japan on 1 March, combining the exceptional driving performance of the e-POWER electrified powertrain ( earlier post ) with the family-friendly features of the popular Serena minivan. The Serena will be the second model with the e-POWER system, which has been a hit with consumers since it was first introduced in the Nissan Note in Japan in 2016. km/L (62 mpg US) according to Japan’s JC08 test.

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Tesla sales in Japan rise 1,300% year-over-year, propelled by a wave of Model 3 orders

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Tesla is starting to gain some serious momentum in Japan, thanks to a wave of Model 3 orders. In March alone, the number of Teslas sold in Japan increased by 1,300% year-over-year, thanks in part to the car-buying public’s warm reception to the Model 3. .

Honda launches Honda SENSING Elite safety system with Level 3 automated driving in Legend Hybrid in Japan

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Honda Motor has begun leasing of the Honda Legend EX equipped with Honda SENSING Elite in Japan. Honda SENSING Elite is a variation of Honda SENSING, a suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies currently available on Honda vehicles around the world.

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Japan NEDO launches major $90M solid-state Li-ion battery project targeting EVs; 23 companies, 15 universities/research institutes

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Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has launched the second phase of a major solid-state Li-ion battery project in a quest to achieve both high energy density and safety in batteries for electric vehicles. Batteries Japan Solid-state

2018 190

Toyota, Nissan, Honda and 8 others form Japan H2 Mobility to accelerate deployment of hydrogen stations in Japan

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Eleven companies, including automakers Toyota Motor, Nissan Motor, and Honda Motor, have jointly formed Japan H2 Mobility, LLC (JHyM), aimed at the full-fledged development of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in Japan. Air Liquide Japan Ltd.; Toyota Tsusho Corporation; and Development Bank of Japan Inc. The ultimate goal of JHyM is to smoothly increase the number of FCV on the road in Japan, and thus to sustainably build the hydrogen station business.

2018 221

Moody’s Japan says push for electrified vehicles poses credit challenges for key Japanese sectors

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Moody’s Japan K.K. says that the push toward alternative-fuel vehicles—battery electric vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles—poses a credit challenge for multiple sectors in Japan, with the large auto sector and sectors such as steel and refining most affected. Moody’s conclusions are included in its just-released report “ Cross-sector: Push for alternative-fuel vehicles presents challenges for Japan Inc. ”.

2018 163

Japan's Olympic Hydrogen Push Faces Challenges, Questions

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Japan Infrastructure hydrogen hydrogen fuel cell OlympicsCertain Japanese carmakers are among the most ardent proponents of hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and the Japanese government plans to use the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to promote hydrogen technology in a wide variety of applications. Officials hope fuel cells can not only power vehicles but replace other power sources in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear.

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Nissan to launch car-sharing service in Japan with new LEAF, Note e-POWER

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As part of Nissan Intelligent Mobility, Nissan will introduce a car-sharing service in Japan enabling users to experience the company’s advanced technologies in vehicle electrification and intelligence. The service will initially be offered at about 30 stations in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, Osaka, Hyogo, Kyoto, Shiga, Nara, Wakayama and other prefectures in Japan. Autonomous driving Car Sharing Electric (Battery) Japan

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Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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Researchers from Japan’s NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science), the University of Tokyo and Hiroshima University have jointly conducted a techno-economic analysis for hydrogen production from photovoltaic power generation (PV) utilizing a battery-assisted electrolyzer.

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Consortium moves ahead with HESC pilot for conversion of Australian coal to LH2 for transport to Japan

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The Australian, Japanese and Victorian governments and a consortium of companies have launched the pilot of an innovative supply chain that will deliver liquefied hydrogen from the Latrobe Valley in Australia to Japan. The liquefied hydrogen (LH2) will then be shipped to Japan for use predominantly in the transport industry. The liquefied hydrogen will be held in a storage container before being loaded onto a marine carrier for transport to Japan.

2018 163

Nissan introduces two mobility services in Japan

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Nissan recently unveiled Easy Ride, a new robo-vehicle mobility service, as well as e-share mobi, a car-sharing service, in Japan. A public field test of the service will take place in Yokohama, Japan, from 5-18 March 2018. It will initially be offered at about 30 stations in Japan and will be expanded throughout the nation. Nissan and its partner DeNA, a Japanese internet company, are jointly developing Easy Ride, a mobility service that uses autonomous driving technology.

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Daimler brings truck platooning testing to Japan

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After testing truck platooning in Europe ( earlier post ) and the US ( earlier post ), Daimler Trucks has begun testing platooning in Japan with its FUSO brand. In addition, truck platooning will help with Japan’s significant driver shortage issue. Japan is a key market for us that is on the lookout and promotes new technologies. The FUSO Super Great is the first model of a Daimler-brand to drive in a platoon with other trucks in the key market Japan.

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Australia and Japan developing safety standards for marine transport of liquid hydrogen; KHI building carrier

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Australia and Japan recently signed a memorandum at the headquarters of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority ( AMSA ) which will allow liquid hydrogen (LH 2 ) to be shipped in bulk for the first time. Ship containment systems are being developed in Japan that will be capable of safely transporting liquid hydrogen in bulk from Australia to Japan as part of a pilot project scheduled to commence in 2020. Australia Hydrogen Japan Ports and Marine

2017 163

Japan Post and Honda to collaborate on using electric motorcycles for postal deliveries

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Japan Post Co., During the past approximately half century, Japan Post and Honda have built a cooperative relationship through the development and operation of delivery motorcycles. Japan Post and Honda will now jointly conduct demonstration testing on the use of electric vehicles for postal delivery operation and charging stations at post offices. Electric (Battery) Japanand Honda Motor Co.

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