Decarbonization Trends in Commercial Vehicles: Accelerating Alliances for EV and FCV Development
Energy policy aiming for carbon neutrality, and commercial vehicle market in Japan
Japan's Basic Energy Plan, the draft of which was released on July 21, 2021, describes a comprehensive approach to carbon neutrality, focusing on a plan to decarbonize grid power generation. EVs and FCVs are the main measures for low-carbon technologies for commercial vehicles (CVs), and different introduction targets have been set for electrified vehicles with a GVW in excess of 8 tons.
In response to this, automakers will continue developing EVs and FCVs, but the number of alliances for joint development and production is increasing rapidly because commercialization by a single company going it alone is seen as too difficult.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on truck sales in Japan was limited only to light-duty vehicles with a payload capacity of 4-tons or less. Conversely, bus sales have been on a downward trend since before the COVID-19 crisis, and the sales of large-sized buses fell even further in 2020.
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