Electrification and fuel efficiency standards
The government has significantly increased the amount of budget for electric vehicle purchase subsidies and charging infrastructure subsidies. In addition, local governments such as the Tokyo metropolitan government have expanded purchase subsidies for electric vehicles.
- In order to promote the spread of xEVs, from the viewpoint of ensuring strong consumer confidence, stably maximizing and expanding incentives and subsidies by continuous and sustained support of CEV subsidies, which are effective in promoting electrification in a consistent manner are extremely critical. Subsidy amount per vehicle is maximum JPY 650,000 for registered vehicles and JPY 450,000 for kei cars at the moment. Regarding that, we recognize that it is necessary to enhance the subsidy amount per vehicle, especially for registered vehicles. We request that uninterrupted continuation of the CEV subsidies and policy directions for the next few years should be clearly announced. (following last year's members’ opinions)
- Along with the increasing capacity of on-board batteries for xEVs, charging efficiency is required. Considering the trends in other countries, studies should be started in cooperation with the organizations concerned on the voltage restrictions (DC450V/750V) that are unique to Japan.
- When considering an institutional framework to promote the reuse and recycling of batteries, harmonization with systems in Europe and other countries etc. should be considered while keeping international harmonization in mind.
- Japan should consider introducing flexible measures in the review of 2030 fuel efficiency standards for passenger cars scheduled for the autumn of 2022 onward.