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    Official: Tommykaira ZZ ready for a customizable EV closeup
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    Tesla Roadster? What Tesla Roadster? Japanese automaker GLM and Japan racing-car maker Tommykaira are putting the finishing touches on one very cool electric roadster. No word on when it will reach the US but it looks worth waiting for. The Tommykaira ZZ is said to be able to go from 0 to 62 ...

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    Report: Japan offering $20,000 incentives for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
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    That tailwind Toyota may be feeling in Japan won't be from a stiff breeze off the northern Pacific Ocean. The Japanese automaker is getting ready to start selling its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in its native country next year. And the government is ponying up real big in ...

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    Recharge Wrap-up: Japan supports hydrogen, Fools against fuel cells, BlueIndy controversy
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    Japan hopes to expand the use of hydrogen energy by subsidizing fuel cell vehicles, according to The Japan News. The trade ministry plans to include the subsidies in its 2015 budget to coincide with the expected launch of Toyota's Fuel Cell Vehicle and the Honda FCEV hydrogen car. By ...

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    Video: This Japanese ad for the Toyota Prius Plug In is beyond confusing
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    We'll admit we don't understand all of this strange little ad for the Toyota Prius Plug In (our Japanese skills are not what they once were) but that just makes it all the more fascinating. The takeaway point is that a world full of PHEV Priuses will be astonishingly colorful at time and ...

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    Video: Nissan Leaf, e-NV200 get orange treatment for Ultraman Ginga S
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    The automobile-as-crime-fighting-teammate concept dates back at least to the 1960s Batman television series, gained further currency during the 1980s with Knight Rider and was referenced in the recent Kia ads featuring Los Angeles Clippers basketball star Blake Griffin and Jack McBrayer of 30 ...

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    Report: Japan's government gives hydrogen vehicles a big boost
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    The Japanese government is really paving the way for hydrogen fuel cell technology on its roads. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry is changing regulations on fuel tanks to make hydrogen cars more appealing to drivers, which should help put the country ahead of others in the race to ...

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    Official: Japanese automakers kick in $800k for new charging-station company
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    Cynics may say that gathering $800,000 (total) from four of Japan's largest automakers is merely a rounding error. Still, Toyota, Nissan, Honda and Mitsubishi, along with the Development Bank of Japan, are putting those funds to good use. So, that's something. Last week, those five entities ...

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    SIM-Drive's latest wheel-motored prototype is a sporty coupe
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    In Japan, it seems the fourth time's a charm. Meet SIM-HAL, the latest prototype from SIM-Drive and its partners. Like its three predecessors – the SIM-LEI, SIM-WIL, and SIM-CEL – this all-electric vehicle is a rolling exercise in efficiency and performance that depends upon a motor ...

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    Official: Used Nissan Leaf batteries support solar energy system in Japan
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    The spiritual among us will view Sumitomo and Nissan's installation of its first-ever used-electric-vehicle-battery storage as a bit of divine reincarnation. But the idea is quite logical and practical. The two companies formed the 4R Energy Corporation in late 2010 and have now installed what ...

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    Report: Honda Odyssey hybrid under consideration in Japan, but not US
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    "Over time you can expect to see broader application of our two motor hybrid system" - Sage Marie The idea of a hybrid minivan is not new, at least in Japan. Toyota sells the Estima - the world's first hybrid minivan, it has been available since 2001 - and the Aphard hybrids there. The US is ...

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    Official: Honda Fit, Vezel Hybrids recalled in Japan; US vehicles not affected
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    Honda has announced a good-sized recall of two popular Japanese-market hybrids: the Fit Hybrid and the Vezel Hybrid are both headed back into the garage. The problem this time around lies in the software program that controls the 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) that could "cause a delay in ...

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    Two Wheels: Terra Motors dresses up Zero S electric motorcycle, calls it Kiwami
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    Terra Motors – a Japanese company best known to us for its electric tuk tuk endeavors – has unveiled an intriguing electric motorcycle, dubbed the Kiwami, at the ongoing Auto Expo 2014 in India. A quick glance of the bike on the company's Indian website reveals a sharp-looking machine ...

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    Official: Nissan Leaf passes autonoumous driving test on Japanese highway [w/video]
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    We're not sure how to translate "ghost-riding the whip" in Japanese, but Nissan appears to have mastered the concept. Earlier this week, the Japanese automaker tested a self-driving Nissan Leaf electric vehicle on public roads for the first time and proclaimed the exercise a success in driverless ...

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    Report: Suzuki Every EV goes 800+ miles on single charge
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    You could take a flight from New York City to Atlanta, and the trip would run you about two hours. Or you could theoretically take a specially-fitted Suzuki Every battery-electric van on that same route. It would take you about 43 hours, but you'd do it on just one charge. One really patient ...

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    Official: Toyota ready to expand number of EV chargers in Japan
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    Toyota is looking to more than double the size of the charging-station program it launched in Japan's Aichi Prefecture last year. And, at about a buck a charge, plug-in vehicle owners will likely to be more than happy to be the guinea pigs. Toyota originally launched a program involving the ...

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    First Drive: Testing Toyota's three-wheel, leaning i-Road trike in Japan
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    Since 2003, Toyota has been rolling out new personal mobility concept vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show. The first was simply called the PM – for Personal Mobility – in 2003. After that came the i-Unit in 2005, the i-Swing in 2005 and again in 2007, along with two takes on the i-Real ...

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    Exclusive: Honda loves 86-mpg Fit Hybrid in Japan, 'may reevaluate' for US
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    We recently heard Honda chief engineer Art St. Cyr talk about the excellent fuel economy that the Japan-only Fit Hybrid gets. "You may have seen the numbers," St. Cyr told a group of journalists, "the new one-motor hybrid system gives the Fit Hybrid the highest fuel efficiency among hybrid models ...

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    Official: Nissan New Mobility Concept enters carsharing service in Japan
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    Nissan and Yokohama have put together a rather attractive combination of little electric vehicles, little rental prices and big ambitions. Next month, the automaker and Japanese city will debut the first carsharing program of its kind, which will involve two-seat Nissan EVs that may be rented ...

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    Official: Europe ready to sunset support for CHAdeMO DC fast chargers in 2018
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    Since its introduction, it has been clear that the SAE Combo DC fast charging system (pictured) is contentious. While most public charging network providers are hesitant to take sides and different engineers will tell you why one system is better than the other, the big fight was always between ...

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    Official: Honda goes solar in Japan, will sell renewable energy in 2015
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    The sun should be smiling on the new Honda facility in Sakura, Japan, where the automaker is installing a "mega solar system" that can produce 10 MW a year on a new test course. The track will cover 25 hectares (about 62 acres) and be used to test "advanced safety technologies," but we're more ...

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