Logistics companies in Japan are finding an unlikely white knight in Chinese electric-vehicle manufacturers, whose vans make last-mile deliveries not only cheaper, but cleaner as well.
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With Japan’s pledge to go carbon neutral by 2050, some developers hope housing developments like this become the norm.
Japanese automakers have struggled due to outbreaks of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, as well as parts and semiconductor shortages.
As many as 300,000 jobs may disappear in the nation if the automotive sector makes a full shift to electric vehicles — equal to about 10% of all current jobs in the industry.
Long lauded for its successful just-in-time supply chain, the world’s No. 1 automaker was hit hard by pandemic-related delays.
The firm said it will introduce 10 electric vehicles under its "e:N Series” range within five years.
Japanese startup 3DOM is developing new battery separator technology that helps overcome the physical limitations of current lithium-based batteries.
The government has earmarked about ¥6 billion ($55 million) for developing autonomous-driving services this fiscal year.
"Automakers will definitely recover in the latter half” of the fiscal year, Jatco's CEO said in an interview.
With EV penetration only at around 1%, the country has hundreds of aging charging poles that aren’t being used, while others are being taken out of service altogether.