Small compact cars have been all time favorite as a second car in Japan. From different walks of life new ventures are initiating in building and converting normal cars to eco cars. The main source of pollution is normal fuel engine which is taking a turn of the century to reduce ozone level.
Nowadays, besides huge auto-makers small mechanical and electric workshops also seem to be very interested in doing some inventions.. Some of the small entrepreneurs who lack full resources to manufacture cars have started altering normal gasoline engines to electric motors. Electric car have to be lighter therefore only replacing an engine won’t be good enough. After dismantling the rear seat normal lead cell batteries equivalent to 96V are necessary for moving a small 700Kgs. Vehicle. The electrics have also to be altered for EV cars and air-conditioning unit might also be taken off. It is estimated that if full head lights and air conditioning is continuously used as a normal car than the batteries will discharge faster. Presently the focus is on building small cars and not commercial vehicles. A small 660CC equipped internal combustion engine car can pull four passengers and is equipped with all necessary specs.
Japan maintains a leading edge in building EV Motors and continuously trying to prove a standing leader in innovation of new technology. Japan’s technology is advancing faster in focusing on making best EV motors and re-chargeable Lithium ion batteries. By introducing electric motors in bikes and boats, it does not seem to be a distant future in applying Electric motors as power source in commercial projects. Ono Optic is a subsidiary of Japan Tobacco known as JT, is building a 7000Sq.Mt. workshop in Totorri Prefecture of Japan. This workshop will use wind propelled electric energy and solar energy to supply power for running the workshop. Without any prior knowledge about autos Ono optics is trying to produce electric vehicles too, and have hired SW designs a previous designer in Audi Team, for designer their first ever Electric vehicle. Maybe now such sort of ventures e.g; A cosmetic manufacturing company is also the owners of a cheap ticket airline company “Open Sky” from S.Korea.
A local taxi company from Tokyo has a trial venture of running Nissan Leaf as a Taxi. But, since Nissan leaf can only run for 90Kms. on full charge with the present equipped battery therefore it might be a demerit for a long journey passenger.
Smaller projects un-related with auto industry are expanding chances for building cars but always keeping safety first. About just under USD$10,000 a normal car can be converted to a zero emission car whereas there is still a hefty price tag on the EV’s in the market. Tesler motors have big ambitions and bigger price tag, they claim their vehicle to run 200Kms. On a full charge and travels at approximately 300Kms./Hr. speed. Toyota has a joint venture with Tesler motors for their first Electric vehicle. As the time grows we shall see similar ventures who will try to prove great success in building eco cars. There are challenges ahead in making safer and better vehicles on our roads. Used Japan mini truck is going to USA through Japan Truck exporter Nexuss.
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