The Nikkei reports that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) plans to add about 300 electric cars to the fleet used by its sales personnel next fiscal year, the largest corporate rollout of such vehicles at one time.
The major utility intends to lease mainly Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s i MiEV, which is slated to enter mass production next summer. It plans to keep adding electric cars in fiscal 2010 and later until they number around 3,000, or about 40% of its entire sales fleet.
Tepco determined that it can use the i MiEV, which can run about 160km on a single charge, if it installs proprietary charging equipment at its offices and other locations. It expects the move to help lower carbon dioxide emissions.