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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi Participated in EVS31

October 1, 2018

On October 1st, Mr. Masaki Ogushi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition31 (EVS31), one of the world’s largest international symposiums for electrified vehicles, held in Kobe. He spoke on the Japan’s automobile industry’s long-term goal of reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and the importance of international cooperation.

1. EVS31

On October 1st, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of EVS31 held in Kobe.

EVS is one of the world’s largest international symposiums for electrified vehicles, with the first EVS held in 1969. This year, Japan hosts EVS31. Researchers, companies, government officials, and relevant groups from around the world gathered to make presentations on the latest studies and participate in active discussions. There are also exhibitions of state-of-the-art electrified vehicles and technologies.

Based on the Report formulated in July by the Strategy Meeting for the New Era of Automobiles, which is hosted by METI Minister Hiroshige Seko, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi presented to the international community Japan’s long-term goal of realizing a “Well-to-Wheel Zero Emission” policy, which aims to reduce emissions to zero concerning a vehicle’s overall operation, from fuel and power production to actual operation, in addition to international cooperation initiatives.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the opening of EVS31

Opening session of EVS31

Exhibition at EVS31

2. Holding the Policy Roundtable on Electrification of Vehicles

On this occasion, with the call by METI for the necessity of reinforcing international cooperation in terms of policy for electrification, the Policy Roundtable was held for the first time on September 30.

Representatives from 16 governments and organizations throughout the world participated in the Roundtable, sharing their current market situations and policies promoting electrified vehicles. In addition, participants shared the understanding of the importance of promoting international cooperation and the necessity of ensuring adequate opportunity for continuous discussion during the next EVS in light of the importance of i) creating each region’s strategy for promoting electrification in consideration of their electricity grid, charging infrastructure situation and consumer perception; ii) promoting international cooperation in areas such as promoting innovation, establishing battery ecosystems and effective charging infrastructures, and deepening international discussion regarding battery raw-material supply chains, and other matters.

Policy Roundtable on Electrification of vehicles


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