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METI is Holding an EV & PHV Town Symposium in Saga

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is holding an event titled the “EV & PHV Town Symposium in Saga” at Avance Hall in Tenjin, Saga City, Saga Prefecture, on July 18, 2014. This event is to introduce to the whole of Japan the latest domestic and international efforts to disseminate electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs).

1. Background

EVs and PHVs outperform other vehicles in terms of environmental performance and energy efficiency, and competition in their respective markets is intensifying worldwide. The full-scale diffusion of these vehicles is essential if Japan is to successfully combat global warming, ensure its energy security*, and enhance the competitiveness of its automotive industry.

*Note: The term “ensure energy security” refers to Japan’s measures for securing stable and inexpensive supplies of energy.

METI has designated places making pioneering efforts to spread the use of EVs and PHVs as EV & PHV Towns, and endeavored to apply diffusion models for the vehicles in those designated areas throughout the country.

As a part of these efforts, METI will hold an EV & PHV Town Symposium in Saga, which is one of the prefectures with a higher diffusion ratio of such vehicles in Japan, focusing on the theme “Utilization of EVs and PHVs in Regional Areas: Shifting from an Infrastructure Development Stage to a Utilization Stage.”

2. Outline of the symposium

Friday, July 18, 2014, from 10:00 to 16:00
Avance Hall in Tenjin, Saga City, Saga Prefecture
Lectures, panel discussions, etc.
200 (free admission; prior registration required)

* For details of the symposium, how to apply, and other information, visit the following website of the Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Center: External Site Link (in Japanese)

Release Date

June 12, 2014

Division in Charge

Electric Vehicle, Advanced Technology and ITS Promotion Office, Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
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