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METI Releases Interim Report by Strategic Commission for the New Era of Automobiles

August 31, 2018

In April 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) launched a Strategic Commission for the New Era of Automobiles, hosted by METI Minister Hiroshige Seko. Since then, the commission has been holding discussions on strategies that the Japanese automobile industry, amid dramatic changes in business environments surrounding automobiles, should take to lead global innovations and proactively contribute to solutions to global issues including climate change. METI hereby releases an interim report based on the commission’s discussion results.

1. Background

The automobile industry has entered a new era with the advent of connected systems, automated driving, sharing services, and electrified vehicles: a paradigm shift in technological innovation that is reshaping the industry. In the midst of this shift, it is important for the Japanese automotive industry to enhance competitiveness, lead global innovation, and contribute to solutions to global issues including climate change.

2. Outline of the interim report

METI hereby releases an interim report based on the commission’s discussion results. The report sets long-term goal that Japan should achieve by 2050, including: advance the shift of vehicles produced by Japanese automakers in global markets to xEVs (electrified vehicles, including battery electric vehicles, plug in-hybrid electric vehicles, hybrid electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles); bring about environmental performance at the world’s highest level; and contribute to realizing a “Well-to-Wheel Zero Emission” policy (to reduce emissions a vehicle’s total emissions footprint to zero, from fuel and power production to automobile operation). Moreover, the report set basic policies and concrete key actions to achieve these long-term goals.

3. Future directions

In light of the interim report, METI will endeavor to carry out these key actions without delay.

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Division in Charge

Batteries and Next Generation Technology Office, Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau