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Electric Vehicle Laboratory at Keio University launches an industry-academia-government collaborative project for development and popularization of electric buses

Update:Aug. 27, 2009
(From the left) President Seike, Mr. Tadaki, Governor Matsuzawa, Mr. Shiraishi and Professor Shimizu
(From the left) President Seike, Mr. Tadaki, Governor Matsuzawa, Mr. Shiraishi and Professor Shimizu
Professor Shimizu explaining about the electric bus
Professor Shimizu explaining about the electric bus

Keio University's Electric Vehicle Laboratory led by Professor Hiroshi Shimizu of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies has launched a project on development and popularization of electric buses together with Kanagawa Prefecture and Isuzu Motors Ltd in response to their acceptance as an industry-academia-government collaborative project sponsored by Ministry of the Environment.

On August 6, 2009, representatives of related organizations gathered on Mita Campus of Keio University to make an announcement on the contents of the research project and implementation system.

The representatives are President Atsushi Seike of Keio University, Professor Hiroshi Shimizu, Mr. Junichi Shiraishi (Chief of Environment Policy Department of Ministry of the Environment), Mr. Shigefumi Matsuzawa (Governor of Kanagawa Prefecture) and Mr. Yoshihiro Tadaki (Representative Director and Executive Vice President of Isuzu Motors); they affirmed cooperation toward the practical use of electric buses.

They will conduct demonstration experiments with the prototype bus across Kanagawa Prefecture aiming to complete by January, 2011. With evaluations by residents of Kanagawa Prefecture and bus companies, they will begin considering the strategies for the effective popularization of electric buses.

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