Transportation / Mobility

April 18, 2004


Matsushita to Replace All Delivery Trucks with Low-Emission Vehicles

Keywords: Climate Change Manufacturing industry Policy / Systems Transportation / Mobility 

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. of Japan, known for its Panasonic brand, announced in February 2004 that it will initiate full-scale introduction of hybrid vehicles into its local delivery system as part of the company's efforts toward "Coexistence with the Global Environment." Matsushita plans to switch all of their 440 trucks to low-emission vehicles (LEVs) by fiscal 2010, replacing half of them by fiscal 2005. The company expects to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 651 tons by 2010.

The hybrid trucks to be introduced are manufactured by Toyota Motor Corp. They can improve fuel efficiency by 30 percent and reduce CO2 emissions by 25 percent compared with the existing diesel vehicles. Matsushita also plans to replace all other company cars with LEVs by fiscal 2010 and to request transport companies with which it has contracts to introduce LEVs as well.

Posted: 2004/04/18 05:41:40 PM
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