Japan Leads the Way in EV Adoption
And it’s not just EVs, as the Japanese, despite being one of the richer countries of the world have seen a boom in the number of kei-cars (below subcompact/supermini) purchased in recent years, to the point where now 35% of all new cars bought are kei. They have understood that having money does not give you the right to pollute - it should be a model for us all! When it comes to EVs, Japan again leads the world in per-capita purchases, as sales are growing fast, from the current 4,000 per month, to 8,000 per month by the end of 2013, which would equate to an increase from 20,000 purchases to 40,000, in the US.
Has this all had any effect whatsoever? Well, with Japan’s dependance on oil peaking around the turn of the millennium, as it immediately started falling afterward, it is now 7% lower than their historic maximum. If the trend continues, Japan will (in the next 10-20 years) have half of all its cars running on electricity, at least partially, in the form of hybrids, if EV technology doesn’t progress enough to make them viable (despite the fact that we think it definitely will).
We should all look up to Japan, understand what they did and are still doing and try to adapt their ways into western society. Why borrow ‘their ways’? Well, we are ruining the planet and have lost all respect and conservation instinct for it, so, it’s safe to say that our ways are doomed to fail, and we will need to adopt a new and better model in order to, at least repair, if not reverse the damage that has been done.
Story via insideevs.com