From February 2017, we started using a new type of heavy-duty trucks that utilize natural gas*3 for product deliveries between Osaka and Tokyo. This is the first heavy truck to be introduced under the Project to Accelerate Usage of Advanced Eco-Friendly Trucks and Buses which commenced in fiscal 2017, led by the Ministry of the Environment in collaboration with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry.
Panasonic participated in Japan’s first long-distance trial of natural-gas heavy-duty trucks in fiscal 2010. Since then, we have been taking part in field tests and promotional activities by public and private sectors towards practical utilization of natural-gas heavy-duty trucks. The truck adopted at this time can reduce CO2 emissions by more than 10% compared with diesel trucks in the same classification that conform with the fiscal 2016 fuel economy standards. On February 27, 2017, the first day of truck operation, the operator of the truck—Eco Truck Co., Ltd. (Kadoma City, Osaka Prefecture)—held a launch ceremony sponsored by the Kinki Smart Eco-Logi Council.*4
In addition to adopting natural gas trucks, we will continue to promote a range of efforts to reduce environmental impact, such as by further modal shifts as well as reducing waste from logistic materials.