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    Report: Japan sets up hydrogen 'task force' to advance fuel-cell infrastructure
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    We're not sure how "hydrogen superhighway" translates in Japanese, but it looks like Japan is looking to promote the kind of public-private partnership to accelerate hydrogen-refueling infrastructure that the US government has espoused at various times, Hydrogen Fuel News reports. Japan will set ...

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    Report: Next-gen Honda Fit Hybrid could get 85 mpg in Japan
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    Honda continues to tease us hybrid-thirsty Americans by revealing more details (or letting them leak out) about its next-generation Fit Hybrid. The upcoming Fit, which is known as the Jazz overseas, will get a whopping 85 miles per gallon on the lenient JC08 Japanese driving test cycle. That'd ...

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    Official: Subaru XV Hybrid, the company's first, goes on sale in Japan
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    Car-loving treehuggers can now drive off deep into the woods, as Subaru has finally started selling its first-ever hybrid. In Japan, at least. The Subaru XV Hybrid began sales this week in its home country, boasting its ever-present all-wheel-drive layout combined with a CVT transmission and ...

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    Official: Nismo offering Japanese Nissan Leaf owners more range, better performance
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    Nissan has sold tens of thousands of Leaf EVs around the world, but at least for the moment, only buyers in Japan will get to trick their electric vehicles out with the company's new Nismo Performance Package. The NPP's various modules will improve the aerodynamics, driving performance and even ...

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    Official: Endurance racer Keiko Ihara signs on as new face of Nissan Leaf [w/video]
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    The Nissan Leaf isn't exactly synonymous with long-distance racing but that isn't stopping the Japanese automaker from using one of Japan's most recognizable endurance racers to promote the electric vehicle. Nissan has reached an agreement to sponsor Keiko Ihara, who has the distinction of being ...

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    Report: Japan may subsidize, deregulate 100 new hydrogen fuel stations
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    Here's a story that certainly plays to stereotypes: a new network of hydrogen refueling stations being built in Japan are the work of, surprise, oil companies. As The Japan Times reports, JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. and 12 other companies – including automakers – are working ...

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    Space-age electric tuk-tuk ready for taxi passengers in Philippines
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    Tuk-tuks are the three-wheeled passenger vehicles commonly used in Asia, and they're often noisy and most-certainly-not-emissions-free. To counter the current state, Japanese start-up company Terra Motors has launched an electric tuk-tuk and thinks its electric tricycle will be a cost competitive ...

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    Official: Discovery of rare earth metals in ocean mud could help Japan
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    There might be a crack in China's domination of rare earth metals – a mud-filled crack, thanks to a discovery by Japanese scientists. Vast reserves of rare earth metals that can be mined cheaply have been found in deep-sea mud on the Pacific ocean seabed. These essential metals are needed ...

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    Official: Mitsubishi halts production of i-MiEV, Outlander PHEV after two plug-in car fires
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    Last week was a rough one for Mitsubishi and its efforts to broaden its appeal among potential plug-in vehicle buyers. Two fires caused the Japanese automaker to halt production of both the Outlander plug-in hybrid and a version of the all-electric i-MiEV. The two separate incidents – both ...

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    Official: Tesla delivering 500 Model S EVs a week; now showing off in Japan, elsewhere
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    You don't deliver 500 expensive, luxury electric vehicles by thinking small. To wit, the Tesla Model S, which Tesla announced today has reached that refined level – and that the global rollout continues. Now, 500 deliveries a week does not mean Tesla is taking 500 new orders a week – ...

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    Study: EV grin on early adopters can fade after buying electric vehicle
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    Japan has been a real test market for electric vehicle ownership, especially for the Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. What have EV owners experienced in this market? While about one third are "green enthusiasts" who love the low energy costs and comfortable driving experience, another third say ...

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    Official: Toyota will test two big electric delivery trucks in Japan
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    In California, "low rider" has long implied a gas-guzzling hot rod. Toyota is now making that term a little more utilitarian in Japan. Toyota, working with Hino Motors and Yamato Transport Co., is testing out a pair of all-electric delivery van that will be used for refrigerated trucking in ...

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    Report: Fuel-saving, self-driving trucks on the road in Japan
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    Readers of a certain age might remember those bumper stickers with Yosemite Sam toting two six-shooters and yelling "Back Off!" He wasn't yelling "So you can burn more fuel!" but researchers are looking at how tailgating could save gas, and, in this case, are working with big rigs. The New ...

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    Video: Nissan New Mobility Concept is "perfect even for mom" [w/video]
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    Nissan is taking the careful approach as it brings out its second electric vehicle. To show off the car's practicality, Nissan gave seven moms in suburban Japan the chance to test drive the New Mobility Concept vehicle to see how it works transporting their kids, going shopping and running ...

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    Report: With blankets in cold weather, Nissan Leaf taxi experiment not working in Osaka
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    There are quite a few taxi operators testing out electric cars by adding Nissan Leaf EVs to their fleets – whether that be New York (pictured), Hong Kong or Mexico City. It's a channel for the global automaker to sell more of the cars and give more people their own experience of being ...

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    Opinion: Nuclear energy and the Nissan Leaf
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    Read into this what you will, but Nissan may have given a subtle hint that it would prefer to have its all-electric Leafs powered by something safer than electricity make at a nuclear plant. The reason? The Japanese automaker recently presented a Leaf to an award-winning actor who starred in a ...

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    Official: Toyota recycling old hybrid batteries into energy-storage systems for dealers
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    How's this for a "willing buyer"? Toyota is going to recycle nickel-metal hydride batteries from old hybrids into energy management systems and will then sell those systems to Toyota dealerships in Japan. Starting in April, the company's Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc. division will sell an ...

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    Report: Tesla Model S will have available CHAdeMO adaptor in Japan
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    Tesla Motors has confirmed that the all-electric Model S luxury sedan will have a CHAdeMO quick-charging adaptor when the model goes on sale in Japan. The news was first reported in Japan, where CHAdeMo is the winning fast-charging option. The adaptor will make it possible for Tesla owners to ...

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    Breaking: Honda Accord Hybrid will get 68 mpg in Japan
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    In June, Honda will launch its new Accord Hybrid sedan in Japan, and claims it will get 29 kilometers per liter of gasoline, or the equivalent of 68 miles per gallon. It will beat out all other Hondas in mileage, and will outpace the 23.4 km per liter and 23.2 km per liter ratings that Toyota's ...

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    Official: Toyota launches new hybrid Crown models in Japan
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    Toyota is launching two new right-side drive hybrids in Japan, redesigned versions of the Crown Royal and Crown Athlete sedans. All major components have been updated, including a new 2.5-liter hybrid system that combines high output with high fuel economy, a matured suspension, and new ...

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