Japanese Carmakers Seek Path to EV Success

Recent rankings show Japanese carmakers lag well behind in global sales of electric vehicles, with no model from the country breaking the top 10. An industry expert tells NHK World's Yuko Fukushima that conventional firms like Toyota and Nissan are disadvantaged against new EV makers because they are burdened with the engine-car manufacturing legacy of supply chains, assembly lines and staff. But Hans Greimel of Automotive News Asia also says that the relatively slow rollout of EVs means that Japanese firms still have time to apply their decades of experience in auto manufacturing to electric vehicles and compete successfully in the future.