By Kim Eung-yooThe Japanese government is considering installing 1,500 solar powered bicycles to replace its fleet of traditional motorised ones, which are being replaced by electric bicycles.
It is the latest move by Japan’s government to make the transition to electric bikes, which can run on batteries or on internal combustion engines, in an effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions and save energy and money.
The bicycles would be built and fitted by an electric bicycle manufacturer, rather than by the government.
They would be powered by batteries and run on solar panels.
They are expected to be available for sale in 2021, when the Japanese government hopes to get about 3,000 of them on the market.
The bikes would be cheaper to produce and produce them cheaper.
Electric bikes are being phased out in most major Asian economies, but they are still being used to commute in the UK and other countries.
Electric bike manufacturers have been slow to develop a range of electric bikes for consumers in the US and other developed countries, but the Japanese company is looking to take the next step.
Japan is currently in the middle of a “green revolution” in which the use of renewable energy and environmental protection policies has increased the use and availability of the technology.
Its goal is to cut carbon emissions by as much as 50% by 2020 compared with 2005.
The government hopes the bicycles will help Japan meet the Kyoto Protocol on climate change, which aims to limit warming of the planet to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Electric bicycles were initially introduced in Japan in the 1960s, but by the 1970s, they had been replaced by petrol-powered ones, mainly because of their low range and reliability.
However, the government was keen to increase the number of electric bicycles in Japan’s fleet.
According to Japan’s transport ministry, 1,543 electric bicycles were made in the country in 2021.
In 2020, it was estimated that 1,853 electric bicycles had been built in the nation, according to the ministry.
The ministry said it hoped to install 1,530 of the electric bikes by 2020, which would make up about 5% of the total fleet.
However the bikes would need to be sold and fitted to consumers in order to be certified for use in Japan.
The government also plans to install 500 solar powered electric bicycles, which the ministry estimates would cost between 500,000 and 1,800,000 yen ($42,000 to $84,000).
However, electric bikes are currently expensive and are not widely available in Japan, and the ministry says it does not know the cost of building the solar powered bikes.