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Japanese government to hold an EV & PHV Town Symposium in Tokyo

24 May 2013

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The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is holding an event titled the ‘EV & PHV Town Symposium’ in Tokyo at Tokyo Big Sight on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. This event will introduce the latest domestic and international efforts to disseminate electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs).
Lessons learned from ‘EV & PHV Towns’ will be applied throughout Japan

EVs and PHVs outperform other vehicles in terms of environmental performance and energy efficiency, and competition in their market is intensifying worldwide. The full-scale diffusion of these vehicles is essential if Japan is to successfully combat global warming, ensure energy security, and enhance the competitiveness of the Japanese automotive industry.

METI has designated those locations making pioneering efforts to spread the use of EVs and PHVs as ‘EV & PHV Towns’. Based on the results of intensive promotion efforts in these EV & PHV Towns, METI aims to develop diffusion models for the vehicles and apply them throughout the country.

Outline of the symposium

In order to introduce the latest developments regarding charging infrastructures that are essential to the dissemination of EVs and PHVs to the rest of Japan, METI will organise an event titled the EV & PHV Town Symposium in Tokyo, and will invite people involved in the field both in Japan and abroad.

The symposium will offer keynote speeches and lectures from officials from the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI), local governments, related entities, and METI. Among the discussed topics will be:

  • National efforts to introduce charging infrastructure (METI)
  • Analysis of the optimal placement of a charging station (CRIEPI)
  • Future mobility concept (local governments)

The afternoon program will continue with a panel discussion themed "Towards realisation of charging infrastructures to disseminate EVs and PHVs" with participation of car manufacturers, ministry representatives, academics and other guests invited from abroad.

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