More news about Toyota’s upcoming redesigned COMS single-seater. The automaker has reached an agreement with Seven-Eleven Japan in which the convenience store chain will lease about 3,000 of the new EVs for deliveries, according to The Nikkei.
When the COMS debuts in July, Seven-Eleven Japan is set to take delivery of some 200 vehicles at its headquarters, with the number increasing to 3,000 by 2013. The company will then lease them to franchise stores, which will be asked to shoulder a portion of the leasing costs. It plans to use the vehicles – which will have a 30 kg load capacity – for its bento box meal delivery service, which it now offers at 14,000 7-Eleven stores nationwide.
Previously, the convenience store chain had relied on parcel delivery firms to provide the delivery service, but starting from May has shifted this focus to its store managers and employees. The company offers free delivery for orders of 500 yen and above, and is aiming to increase the number of registered customers for the service from 260,000 to 500,000 this fiscal year, the report adds.