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Hino and Isuzu race for electric trucks as Chinese rivals encroach

Battery costs and charging infrastructure pose challenges for Japan's market

European counterparts have had a head start in the race for electrification: Daimler Truck aims to have electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles account for 60% of sales by 2030. (Photo courtesy of Daimler)

TOKYO -- Isuzu Motors and Hino Motors are making forays into no-emission light trucks next year as Japan trails other major automobile markets in embracing electrified fleets.

The Japanese commercial vehicle producers are eyeing business with shipping and logistics companies while fighting the growing presence of Chinese rivals, which offer competitive prices.

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