28 Sep '13, 9am

#Tech Low-price 3-wheeled EV Will Debut as Delivery Car, Taxi

#Tech Low-price 3-wheeled EV Will Debut as Delivery Car, Taxi

Low-price 3-wheeled EV Will Debut as Delivery Car, Taxi Sept 28, 2013 15:16 Tatsuhiko Hayashi, Nikkei Automotive Technology Advanced Transportation Technology (ATT) R&D Co exhibited the "Smart Porter" three-wheeled electric vehicle (EV) at the Electric Vehicle Development Technology Exhibition, which took place from Sept 25 to 27, 2013, in Tokyo. The EV is equipped with a lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery, but its price is as low as ¥500,000 (approx US$5,068) in Japan, where it will be released in 2014. Speaking of three-wheeled EVs whose prices are lower than ¥500,000, there is the "Rena" being sold by GPCC (Green Power Circuit Corporation), which is an affiliate company of Kyoden Co Ltd, a Japan-based printed-circuit board maker. But the Rena uses a lead-acid battery, and its upper body is not equipped. So, the Smart Porter is the only low-priced three-wheeled EV...

Full article: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/NEWS_EN/20130928/306...

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