Electric Cars: A Boon for Commercial Vehicle Trade?

It may take decades for electric cars to become an everyday sight in parking lots and garages. But Mitsubishi Motors Corp. president Osamu Masuko sees big potential demand in the market for commercial vehicles used by businesses, even though neither his company nor its biggest local rival Nissan Motor Co. has yet specifically targeted the sector.

Mitsubishi Motors, Japan’s sixth-largest car maker by volume, became the world’s first car maker to start mass producing electric vehicles last year when it launched the i-MiEV, a small passenger car designed for city driving. But speaking at a recent event, Mr. Masuko pointed out that most commercial vans and trucks run more or less fixed distances every day that are within the driving ranges of current electric cars on a single charge.

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