Toyota and Nissan, Too In 1 988 Tokyo Electric inaugurated an aquot;Electric Vehicle Research Groupaquot; to develop a new type of ... image of an electric car by developing a high-performance sporty model and thus drawing public attention to the vehicle. ... Similarly, Isuzu Motors completed a first-stage experimental model of electric motor-driven delivery truck in January. ... Mitui O.S.K. Lines built a passenger boat aquot;Fuji Maru, aquot; in April 1989, followed by other leading shipping companies.