Keio University, Isuzu Motors Ltd., the Kanagawa prefectural government and others announced Aug. 6, 2009, that they will jointly develop a large-size electric bus.

They plan to complete the development by autumn 2010 and start to test the vehicle for volume production in Kanagawa Prefecture in 2011. This project was selected as the industry-academic-government project of Japan's Ministry of the Environment and granted a total of ¥500 million (approx $5.16 million).

The project is aimed at prototyping an electric bus that has a flat and low-height floor based on the "Eliica," an electric vehicle developed by Keio University. Isuzu Motors will design the body, and Toshiba Corp intends to provide its Li-ion secondary battery with a capacity of 120 kilowatt hours.

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