Japanese start-up to offer fleet service using Chinese Geely electric vehicles


By Satoshi Sugiyama

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese battery start-up said on Thursday it would launch a commercial fleet service using electric vehicles from Chinese group Geely Auto, joining a growing field of services aimed at helping companies reduce their carbon footprint.

Yokohama-based 3DOM Inc, a university-run company established in 2014 to develop battery separators, said it would offer the carbon-neutral EV service by subscription or rental so users can avoid purchase costs. students.

Companies are under increasing pressure from investors and the public to reduce their carbon footprint, and Chinese automakers have led the way in Japan with their relatively inexpensive battery-electric vehicles.

Japan’s leading delivery company Sagawa Express Co plans to start replacing all of its 7,200 mini commercial vehicles with electric vehicles supplied by Guangxi Automobile Group this year. Another company, SBS Holdings, plans to use electric trucks produced by the Dongfeng Motor Group.

3DOM said the electricity that would power Geely’s light commercial van would be generated from wind power and other green sources in partnership with utilities. The cost of operating the van rental service would be comparable to that of a gas-powered fleet, he said.

3DOM said the fleet would include around 7,500 vehicles and that several companies, including delivery services and supermarket operators, were considering its service. He did not specify.

Among Japanese automakers, Mitsubishi Motors Corp provides electric vehicles for the postal service, while Toyota Motor Corp offers trial service with convenience store operators to use its fuel cell hydrogen electric vehicles.

(Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama and Maki Shiraki; editing by Chang-Ran Kim and Richard Pullin)

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