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Tokyo shines spotlight on e-mobility developments

Some 70.5 million cars were produced last year, according to market analysts at Statista. This number is projected to grow to 80 million this year. The question people are asking is; where does e-mobility stand?

The ranking of the world’s leading car producers was topped by Toyota, owned by Japan’s Toyota Motor Corporation, which sold almost 9 million vehicles. Germany’s Volkswagen AG ranked second, selling just under 7 million cars. Toyota has announced it plans to invest US$ 13.5 billion in the e-car segment in the next five to ten years.

Worldwide, around 1.26 million electric cars were sold in 2018, reports US-based automotive intelligence firm Jato. It claims this is a surge of over 70%, compared to 2017 levels. An estimated 5.6 million electric vehicles are thought to be on the road now.

Grab the wheel in Japan

The e-mobility trends have been much discussed within the recycling community. In fact, a dedicated e-mobility event will be hosted in Tokyo this summer. The E-Mobility & Circular Economy Conference will take place from 1-3 July, at the Westin Tokyo Hotel in Japan’s capital.

On the first day, two plant tours – to Hyper Cycle Systems and Rever Holdings Corporation –will be organised as well as two car battery safety workshops. As a special treat, delegates may enjoy a test drive in an electric car on the streets of Tokyo.

Expert talks will cover various topics, such as: the ‘booming’ e-mobility market in North America; life-cycle management of e-car batteries (Spiers New Technologies); lithium-ion battery collection in Japan; the future of e-mobility circa 2030; intelligent connected vehicles (Volkswagen); China’s battery recycling regulations, and many more.

Besides covering the autmotive industry, delegates will get updates on other e-mobility applications like e-bikes, drones, energy storage systems, and modern-day electric toys and gadgets.

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