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R&D Activities on Electric Vehicles in Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Published September 13, 1993 by ISATA - Dusseldorf Trade Fair in United Kingdom
Event: ISATA 1993
For sake of pollution reduction and efficient utilization of energy, Tokyo Electric Power Company has since 1966 been working on the development of electric vehicles and their introduction for use in the company. Although this development work was pared back for a time, a new electric vehicles project was set up again in 1988.
As a result, the company has developed an electric vehicle called the IZA, which, although a concept car, has world-class performance. Success of this vehicle will have great appeal for popularization of electric vehicles.
Meanwhile, it has developed a utility electric vehicle, called the Libero, that can replace the approximately 7,000 gasoline vehicles the company now uses. A total of initially 28 or these vehicles are to be put to work at the company's places of business from March to June of this year.
The company also reports that it is working on charging stations, the electric equivalent of gasoline filling stations, as part of the infrastructure needed for popularization of electric vehicles.