Motor Cars and Motor Cycles Future in Japan
Japan produces 50% small and compact vehicles where the first arrivals of EV is most welcome. Nissan Leaf is tagged with a price of JPY 2,990,000 under Japan Govt. support, the actual @price is JPY 3,760,000. Nissan is advertising Leaf to be equipped with the power equivalent to 3.0Ltr. gasoline engine and can be accelerated to 140KPH and can run 160Kms. on full charge battery.
Mitsubishi MIEV is slashed its price from last year to JPY 2,840,000 under Japan Govt. support, the actual price is JPY 3,980,000 One driver says ‘ I feel need for such a car because of smooth ride with a feeling of no harm done to the environment, and one said that he possibly be needing it within a year.
E-Zone produced by South Korea runs 70Kms. with full charge and the average speed of this tiny car is 50KPH. The motor is situated inside the trunk. It sells at a price tag of JPY1,410,000 under Japan Govt. support program. Moreover with a makers charge cable and holder you can plug it to your house hold plug of 100V and full charge in 8-hours.
China is a new player among automotive producing nations and stands world’s largest auto producing country for 2009. The top maker BYD is eagerly involved in sending EV to the waiting customers most probably before the inauguration of Shanghai convention. BYD has recently announced its first EV E6 to be marketed from USA which will run for 330Kms. on full charge of battery. Well 2010 can be marked as the year of Electric Vehicle. USA, China, Japan and Europe all will try to impress the audience and try to become No.1 to fill the gap and say goodbye to the conventional gasoline engines.
All are waiting for public reaction about Leaf and more than 3Million auto users of Japan who are driving small Japanese used cars ‘KEI’ in Japan are more eager. Sooner the prices will come down to support commercial businesses.
Japan’s share in International market will probably remain same, because EV will not be easily accepted by weaker economy nations and the rich oil producing nations. Also to say, who knows that in near future Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba or Hitachi will also step into EV making. The immediate success is still dependent on the public reaction from HK, Taiwan, Korea and Japan because these countries have lack of space and congestion on roads in greater compared to USA or China..
A total of 381,721 power-assisted bicycles were shipped to the domestic market in 2010, a 4.6 percent increase from a year earlier, marking the first time that the figure surpassed the total of motorcycle shipments, according to a preliminary report announced Tuesday.
The number of domestic motorbike shipments, excluding imports, stood at 380,242 last year.
The figures indicate that battery-assisted bicycles are increasingly popular with a wide range of consumers who find it easier to pedal them than ordinary bicyles. And unlike motorcycles, power-assisted bicycles can be ridden without a driver's license. Moreover, manufacturers have been expanding their product lineups, observers said.
Power-assisted bicycle shipments surpassed those of motorbikes 18 years after Yamaha Motor Co. first marketed such two-wheeled vehicles in 1993.
While the performance of storage batteries and electric bicycle motors has risen, uphill performance significantly improved after regulations were relaxed in December 2008 to allow electric bicycles to have motors with twice the power of an average person.
In July 2009, a rule was also revised to allow people to carry two small children on a three-seater electric bicycle. Since then, electric bicycles have become very popular with housewives who take their children back and forth to day care centers.
Electric bicycles also have become widely used by the aged.
The proportion of shipments of electric bicycles among all types of bicycles increased from 1.3 percent in 1996 to 9.1 percent in 2010.
Meanwhile, the number of domestic shipments of motorcycles in 2010 significantly decreased due to people's alienation from motorbikes--especially among the young--and the increased crackdown on illegal parking. The number declined to one-ninth from its peak in 1982.