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Chinese-built EVs can cut Japan delivery company's costs by 30%

SBS plans fleet of over 10,000 electric vans after encouraging trial run

SBS's test van had no parking brake and a European-standard charging plug to cut costs. The company will adjust those features to suit conditions in Japan. (Source photos by Ryosuke Matsui)

TOKYO -- Buying electric vans assembled in China will help SBS Holdings, a Japanese logistics company, lower its operating costs by 30%, the company has found in a trial run.

The total cost of buying and operating an inexpensive electric van for its logistics business over five years is 30% lower than that of a gasoline-powered vehicle, SBS calculates.

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