Japan Carmakers Discuss Power Rotation to Save Energy

The earthquake shut about 11 percent of Japan’s generating capacity, according to estimates from Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Published: 28-Mar-2011

Japanese carmakers, facing electricity shortages after the nation’s record earthquake crippled power plants, may consider measures including rotating production to save energy, Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) said.

Taking turns running assembly lines is among the measures that should be considered as automakers coordinate efforts through their main industry group, the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Masami Doi, a spokesman for Toyota, said today by phone.

Manufacturers face a cut in summer power supply of about 15 percent after the March 11 temblor knocked out generators, curbing growth in the world’s third-largest economy. Plant damage and power outages have forced carmakers including Toyota and Honda Motor Co. to halt domestic car assembly, causing Toyota to lose an estimated 140,000 units of production so far.


Mitsubishi i-MiEV similar to those operating in disaster zones where gasoline is unavailable.

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