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Japan: Electric Delivery Vehicle Fleet Reaches Streets of Tsukuba, Japan

Amidst the rising trend of electric commercial vehicles, Chiyoda Ward-based automotive research and development company Tokyo R&D is following through on its electric delivery vehicle fleet promised in the fall of last year. The practical tests of the trucks — the first ever in Japan — started this week in Tsukuba City.

The twelve-month practical evaluation, titled ‘The Development and Adoption of Electric Vehicles as Delivery Trucks’, was initially selected as a 2011 Technological Development to Counteract Global Warming. It’s part of an initiative taken by the Ministry of the Environment to reduce carbon emissions, and Tsukuba City, with its reputation as a center of scientific research, is the perfect place to test a fleet of electric trucks.

The Groceries Come in Silence

The guinea pig for the electric delivery fleet is supermarket giant Kasumi, which has stores concentrated mainly in the northern Kanto area (northwest of Tokyo). The trucks will be outfitted as mobile sales centers, bearing the Kasumi logo, and filled with Kasumi products. They hit the streets of Tsukuba on Monday.

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