9 Modern Electric Cars Showing that Japan is Finally Serious about EVs

Usually, when we look into the early history of modern electric cars, we see that Tesla and its product lineup that consists of the Roadster, Model S and Model X, is usually regarded as the company that made electric vehicles (EVs) happen and showed the world the massive potential of this technology.

While Tesla is usually portrayed as the maker of cool, fast and long range electric vehicles, there was one more manufacturer that practiced a different approach to battery-powered autos. It was Nissan, with this small EV model, named Nissan Leaf. As years before, when compared to Tesla, the Leaf was lacking in range, smart features and looks, but somehow it managed to shine in terms of sales. Nissan managed to keep the price low and sell a hundred thousand copies of this model and become the ultimate people’s car for the city.

With that said, many people were hopeful that other Japanese manufacturers would follow the footsteps of Nissan and start investing heavily in the development of all-electric cars, but somehow it didn’t happen. So today, it’s hard to understand how Japanese automakers, who were the first to popularize hybrid electric, hydrogen fuel cell and mass market all-electric cars, are not leading the industry today. You can see how their vehicles compare to the EVs currently produced in the US:

Despite the fact that through the years Nissan Leaf seems to be the only successful car by Japanese manufacturers, the industry seems to be waking up and showing more seriousness. if you follow the latest car news, some of which we posted here: you will see that the land of the rising sun has quite an impressive selection of battery-powered cars lined up for the upcoming years.

Here we would like to show the detailed overview of all modern Japanese electric cars by Mazda, Lexus, Honda, and Nissan, as well as intriguing concepts, that are likely to go into production soon. We have listed the prices, information about electric range autonomy and other available specifications to help you understand if Japan is finally serious about EVs.

40 Replies to “9 Modern Electric Cars Showing that Japan is Finally Serious about EVs”

  1. Harry Agrotis

    As much as I like the technology not of this cars really are what will make a breakthrough. What we need is a car that can achieve 600-mile range go up to a hundred miles per hour an offer normal amenities. All the super high-end and high-tech bologna can just go away and people will buy it. Keep the price normal. May I remind you of the Model T Ford. People bought it

  2. CC Rawlinson

    Nice car Sony, now in the US or anywhere for that matter WHERE are you going to take it when the car needs to be repaired, needs servicing, making payments on a car but WHERE and WHO? is going to work on it. Other car makers have their certified EV techs (though few of them…need more, anyone need a new career path?) but does Sony have the capacity to maintain these cars. I ask since only the manufacturers can work on these cars, the ones who are certified to work on EVs. It's not like you can send it to any mechanic in any city and state. So when buying an EV keep that in mind.

  3. Hock Lay Chan

    Now for a Toyota Honda or other reasonable brand in Souh East Asia its only hybrid.
    The first prototype to EV.
    But if you buy a petrol car now it going to be obsolete when the EV arrives.

    Or plug in hybrid that runs 25km per lt…..
    Accelerate 0-100 km in 5 sec.
    Go to the petrol station 3 to 5 times a year.
    Stale petrol becomes an issue. But the sensor will help.
    300 hp
    Yet it only cost a few thousand more.

  4. AI Enyo

    The Honda E is the cutest new car I've seen since the Audi TT debuted. Such a shame on the low range, but if I only did city commuting, or had another vehicle, it'd be on the top of my list.

  5. Alan Lamb

    Having owned a 2014 BMW i3 REX since 2015 I’ve come to understand range issues due to my limited electric range. At full charge my i3 will allow me 60 miles before kicking on the small generator built in to the car to Extend the range another 70 miles.
    In my opinion all future EV’s should have a minimum base range of at least 200 miles. Things like air conditioning and heating burn up a ton of the batteries.

  6. Farhad Imani

    I am an Iranian engineer
    My name is Farhad Imani

    I designed a car engine without the need for charging and without the need for fuel, and it's not like Tesla and others who have to charge it to travel 500 kilometers, for example, because
    My engine does not need to be charged at all
    And it practically emits gravity and leads to the movement of the car, and then during the movement it enters the second phase of production, which leads to the production of very high power and torque and speed (above 500 km).
    And it takes thousands of miles without charging
    The distance around the world that travels about 40,000 kilometers without the need for any fuel and recharge over and over again
    I will make it and introduce it to the world except Iran
    The steps of its construction in Iran
    It costs a maximum of 10000 $ , although later it is more important and introduced to the world
    Whats app

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