Nikkei. Nissan Motor Co. and the University of Tokyo will launch a study group with participants from different business sectors at the end of this month to consider the best ways to popularize electric cars.
Nissan and the university hope for participation from 50-60 companies and they have sent word out to businesses in a wide range of sectors, from automakers and battery makers to insurers, real estate firms and electric power companies.
The study group will consider such strategies as leasing out the batteries so people can purchase the electric cars for the same price as a regular car. The group will also look for other applications for the batteries as a clean energy source, for example in homes and buildings. Where ideas look promising, participating companies can ink collaborative R&D agreements to work together to develop businesses.