Japan will see the start of an electric bus project that will utilise technology of the Nissan Leaf. Headed by Kumamoto University testing of the Yoka ECO Bus is to commence this February. The bus comes with three electric drives, batteries as well as the inverter of Nissan’s bestselling EV.
Nissan is the project’s technology partner and is also developing a dedicated gearbox for the coach. However, by utilising existing technologies from the Leaf, cost to build electric buses shall decrease substantially.
On the initiative of Kumamoto University, experts from the automotive industry and the government will join forces with the scientists. The project is part of a part of the university’s ongoing involvement with the Japanese Ministry of Environment and aims to reduce or eliminate CO2 and other emissions from large vehicles such as buses and trucks.
Real-world testing is scheduled to begin in February in Kumamoto City.
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