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Japan's Fuel-Cell Vehicle Pursuit: Is It Obama's 'All Of The Above' Approach?

Japan's Fuel-Cell Vehicle Pursuit: Is It Obama's 'All Of The Above' Approach?

Two Japanese automakers, Toyota and Honda, are putting their weight behind fuel-cell vehicles, rather than battery electric cars, as the alternative-propulsion technology of the future. Time will tell if that's a wise decision but they do at least have one significant supporter--the Japanese... read more

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Toyota FCV concept, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Japan's Automakers & Government Move To Dominate Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Battery-electric, or fuel-cell? Japanese automakers are divided on the subject--Nissan and Mitsubishi brought electric cars to the market early, but Toyota and Honda have... read more June 2, 2014 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Japanese Electric-Car Makers Set Up Single Charging Network; Could It Ever Happen In U.S.?

One challenge to more widespread adoption of electric cars is public charging--or rather, the scattered multiple networks of irregularly spaced public charging stations. In... read more May 30, 2014 by 


 
Fomm Concept One

Electric-Car Concept From Japan Floats Like A Boat In Emergencies

There are electric cars and (a few) amphibious cars, but what about electric amphibious cars? In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan, there have... read more April 6, 2014 by 


 
Toyota i-Road concept car

Toyota i-Road Trials Start In Tokyo: Another Electric Not-Quite-Car

Toyota is to start real-world consumer trials of its unique i-Road urban electric vehicle in its native Japan. Like its European equivalent, Renault's Twizy, the i-Road aims... read more March 27, 2014 by 


 
Nissan Leaf at Anyo-in Temple in Japan.

Temple Priest Reflects On Owning Nissan Leaf Electric Car: Video

With just over 100,000 units sold, the Nissan Leaf electric car is accumulating a diverse collection of owners. But Wasei Hirai isn't your average commuter. Instead of... read more January 23, 2014 by 


 
Suzuki Every van - DY5W-sport via Wikimedia Commons

Suzuki Every Electric Car Does 800 Miles, Sets New Japanese Range Record

A few years ago, the concept of an electric car achieving 300 miles on a charge was virtually unheard of. That made one duo's achievement in a Tesla Roadster very special... read more November 30, 2013 by 


 
2014 Honda Accord Hybrid

2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Supplies Tight In 'Rolling Release'

The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is proving unexpectedly popular, both in Japan and the U.S., and that's causing supply challenges for Honda. Two readers have contacted us in the... read more November 22, 2013 by 


 
New Honda Fit Hybrid (Japan-only model)

2015 Honda Fit To Have 36-MPG Combined Gas Mileage Rating

The new 2015 Honda Fit will have a combined EPA gas mileage rating of 36 mpg, according to Honda officials. That's the second-highest rating for any five-door subcompact... read more November 18, 2013 by 


 
Daihatsu FC-Deck Concept, 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

2013 Tokyo Motor Show: Green Car Preview

The 2013 Tokyo Motor Show is almost upon us. And while the Los Angeles Auto Show might hold more relevance for the U.S. market, Tokyo's offerings can never be discounted... read more November 18, 2013 by 


 
2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid (Japanese version).

2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid Gets Facelift--In Japan

Often cars are updated first in their home market; here's a good example. The 2014 Toyota Prius Plug-In Hybrid is getting a few upgrades, but--so far--only in Japan. The... read more October 8, 2013 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

U.S.-Made 2013 Nissan Leaf Has Only 15 Percent Local Content; Here's Why

The 2013 Nissan Leaf electric car is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee, for North American sales. In fact, Nissan got a low-interest loan for $1.6 billion from the U.S... read more September 30, 2013 by 


 
2013 Nissan Leaf, Nashville area test drive, April 2013

Why The 2013 Nissan Leaf Is Really A 2001 Toyota Prius

A lot of media discussion these days seems to focus overly on the low sales of plug-in electric cars (this piece from Friday, for instance). That despite the fact that... read more September 23, 2013 by 


 
2013 Toyota Prius

Toyota Sells 23 Hybrids Globally; How Many Can You Name?

By this point, pretty much everyone can identify a Toyota Prius by its shape, and knows that it's a hybrid-electric vehicle. And most people know that Toyota sells many more... read more August 30, 2013 by 


 
2013 Toyota Crown Royal Saloon Hybrid (for Japanese market)

Toyota Crown Royal Saloon: Driving The 'Hybrid Brougham' Luxury Sedan

Have you ever wondered what a mid-size hybrid sedan would be like if it had the ride and handling of a Sixties Cadillac: big, soft, and wallowy? If so, Toyota has an answer... read more August 29, 2013 by 


 
Honda NSX Concept-GT

Honda NSX Concept-GT: Honda's Hybrid Racer Revealed

Honda and Acura can't resist teasing us with its latest hybrid sports car, the NSX. We've seen concepts and disguised production models, and now there's a race car ready to... read more August 16, 2013 by 


 
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