Published on December 15th,2010 at 5:14 PM
By >Akihabara News Team

Japan Post to Import Italian Electric Bikes for Delivery Routes?

Japan Post to Import Italian Electric Bikes for Delivery Routes?

The deadtree Asahi and Nikkei newspapers reported last month on Japan Post’s decision to import Italian-made electric motorcycles to deploy on their postal delivery routes. This follows a 2008 decision and announcement that the recently-established private company will test and then phase in electric, hybrid, and aftermarket-converted vehicles from Toyota, Mitsubishi, Fuji Heavy, and a Gifu prefecture venture firm for use in various parts of its postal process; that announcement two years ago left a blank in their long-term plans for replacing their fleet of last-mile-delivery two-wheel bikes. The selection of an Italian company was most likely because domestic firms wouldn’t be able to meet the 90,000-strong figure that replacing JP’s entire bike fleet would mean. The newspapers reported that JP will partner with French postal service La Poste for larger-scale purchase.

JP, however, say that there has been no such decision, and are in fact quite tight-lipped about the news.

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