The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant says the tanks for storing water that contains radioactive substances are expected to reach their capacity limit in three years' time.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, revealed on Thursday that the tanks will become full around the summer of 2022.
Thanks to an interview Automotive News Europe conducted with Mazda president and CEO Akira Marumoto, we have more insight on Mazda's plans to lower its vehicle emissions in Europe. This will undoubtedly bring changes to the U.S. lineup, too, but The Continent sees the first fruits in part because Mazda is well over the European Union's fleet CO2 emissions target for 2021 of 95 g/km. In response to how Mazda plans to achieve the necessary reduction, Marumoto said the carmaker will launch its first EV in 2020 and have a plug-in hybrid on the road in 2021 or 2022.
First, some clarification on the emissions numbers and timeline. The 95g/km figure is based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) emissions schedule being phased out next year; the AN piece cites JATO Dynamics findings that Mazda Europe's fleet CO2 average is 135.2 g/km.
Studio Ghibli’s many fans across the globe will be excited to find out that Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic outfit has decided to open an official theme park in Japan. It was rumored and promised for years that something like this would happen. It was finally confirmed officially this week that Ghibli will indeed be building a theme park in Japan.
Ghibli will team up with the Aichi Prefecture’s government on this project as well as the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper to build the park. While Ghibli merchandise is currently sold by Disney Parks and Walt Disney Pictures had once distributed the studio’s films in the United States as well, this theme park is not going to have an affiliation with Disney’s location in Japan.
YOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan announced plans to sell 1 million electric vehicles (EVs) annually by 2022, a six-fold jump from what it sold last year, and said it had no plans to stop testing its self-driving cars on public roads, calling them safe. Japan's No. 2 automaker and its rivals are planning to crank up development and production of electric cars in response to tightening emissions regulations around the world, even as demand for such vehicles remains limited due to their high cost and limited charging infrastructure. Launched as the world's first mass-market all-battery EV in 2010, Nissan's Leaf compact hatchback is the world's best-selling EV, though sales have been just around 300,000 units in its lifetime. The company now plans to focus its lower-emissions lineup on all-battery and gasoline-hybrid EVs rather than costlier technologies including plug-in hybrids. Nissan said on Friday it would develop eight new all-battery EVs over the next five years, including four models for China. Its luxury Infiniti brand would begin carrying new electric models from 2021, it added. Through 2022, vehicles powered by its "e-Power" gasoline-hybrid technology would likely comprise the majority of Nissan's electric line-up, it said. Such vehicles use gasoline to power the car's motor, requiring a much smaller battery than EVs and therefore are less expensive to produce. "The heart of our strategy in terms of electrification is battery EVs and e-Power technology," Nissan Chief Planning Officer Philippe Klein told reporters at a briefing. Concerns about EV battery costs and components have prompted many automakers to develop a variety of lower emissions technologies, but Klein said that Nissan would largely forego plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell technologies, given their low cost-performance at the moment. In 2017, Nissan sold 163,000 electric vehicles globally. Nissan and its automaking partners, Renault and Mitsubishi, together plan to launch 17 electric models as part of their strategy to achieve annual vehicle sales totaling 14 million units by 2022, compared with 10.6 million units in 2017.
There are a number of charging "breakthroughs" under development in the world of electric vehicles. Some seem more realistic than others, especially when you factor in costs, but they depend on a number of factors. Battery density, materials, charging output and onboard charging capability are all variables at play, and automakers, tech companies and universities are among the entities racing to advance EV energy technology past the fabled "tipping point" when they offer more advantages than internal combustion cars across the board. According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Honda has its own leap forward in charging on the horizon, saying it'll whittle charging time down to 15 minutes by 2022.
The report says that Honda will launch a number of EVs that year capable of adding about 150 miles of range in 15 minutes. To do this, the automaker will offer new batteries capable of taking advantage of ultra-fast chargers that we'll begin to see open up between now and when these new cars become available. Japan expects 350-kW chargers to launch in 2020, up from the 150 kW that Japan's fastest chargers currently offer.
Honda will close one of its factories in Japan while also slashing production in its home country by almost a quarter.
On Wednesday, Honda chief executive Takahiro Hachigo said that the carmaker will streamline its Japanese operations with the closure of its Samaya plant by 2022 and shift its focus to electric vehicles and other future technologies.
Carlos Ghosn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Alliance, said: "Today marks a new milestone for our member companies. By the end of our strategic plan Alliance 2022, we aim to double our annual synergies to €10 billion. To achieve this target, on one side Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors will accelerate collaboration on common platforms, powertrains and next-generation electric, autonomous and connected technologies. From the other side, synergies will be enhanced by our growing scale. Our total annual sales are forecast to exceed 14 million units, generating revenues expected at $240 billion by the end of the plan."