Japan plans to develop greener vehicles and batteries
According to an article published on August 28, 2006 by Reuters, Japan has drawn up an action plan to lead the development of the next generation of much more environmentally friendly vehicles and batteries, in order to reduce its dependence on oil.
As stated in a report Monday by the commission created by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan intends, with this plan, to promote the introduction of cutting-edge ecological vehicles in stages.
According to said report, the government should also establish a project to develop the latest generation batteries that will power these cars, through cooperation between research institutes and national battery manufacturers. The commission also contemplates the possibility of offering incentives to generalize the use of these vehicles in Japan, as well as to develop the necessary infrastructure.
According to the commission, by 2010, Japan aims to build series electric two-seater vehicles capable of traveling around 80km per charge, as well as hybrid vehicles 30% more efficient in fuel management.
The commission also expects that after 2030, national car manufacturers will start a widespread mass production of electric vehicles, powered by batteries manufactured at one-fortieth the cost of current ones.
The Japanese government's goal is to have 50,000 fuel cell vehicles on its roads by 2010 and subsequently increase the number of use of these vehicles to 5 million by 2020.
In this way, the third largest oil consumer in the world, aims to reduce the dependence on oil of its transport sector by 80% by 2030.
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