GLM

glm-logoGLM is the first Japanese EV manufacturer certified by the Ministry of Transportation. Based in Kyoto, the company GLM Co., Ltd. was established in 2010, but its first step took place in 2006 with the Kyoto Electric Car Project, launched by the Kyoto Venture Business Laboratory, famous for its open and free-thinking culture. Through the development activity, GLM managed to create the ‘GLM ecosystem’, a series of first-class direct partnerships with over 100 technology partners, conducting research and development into new forms of vehicles and transportation that go beyond EV and automobiles.

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Headquarters: Kyoto University VBL, Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 606-8317
Telephone: +81-774-39-8822
Uji Factory: VIF6, 25 Uji, 1 Nishinohata, Okubo-cho, Uji-shi, Kyoto, 611-0033
(Former site of Nissan Kyoto Automobile Plant)
Tokyo Akabanebashi Showroom: Bijin Building, 1st Floor, 4-6-8 Shiba-koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 105-0011

 

 


CATEGORIES / LINKS

GLM website
GLM-G4 Brand website
Tommy Kaira ZZ  Brand website 

 


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The GLM Cars

In 2014, seeking to develop an electric car that not only contributes to the creation of a low-carbon society but provides an exciting drive and feel to the driver, GLM launched the Tommy Kaira ZZ. Through the development of this vehicle, GLM managed to create the GLM ecosystem, a series of first-class direct partnerships with over 100 technology partners. In addition, GLM has obtained certification from the Ministry of Transportation in Japan. GLM has already begun developing the next generation vehicle, and GLM are ramping up our lineup of products and global sales routes. GLM conducts research and development into new forms of vehicles and transportation that go beyond EV and automobiles.
 

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History

GLM got its start with the Kyoto Electric Car Project, launched in 1996 by the Kyoto Venture Business Laboratory. Launching GLM Co., Ltd. in 2010. GLM had worked on R&D and the commercialization of a range of electric vehicles, but the notion of an electric sports car captured our imagination. GLM were lucky enough to meet a manufacturer in Kyoto that had, for a limited time, produced a much talked-about sports car — the Tommy Kaira ZZ. GLM took on the concept and quickly set about developing it from scratch as a full electric car. In 2014, GLM launched the first version of the Tommy Kaira ZZ. Its high performance, drawing on the fun handling of an electric car, won acclaim, ramping up the speed of GLM’s business.

2010
April
Representative director Hiroyasu Koma establishes GLM Co., Ltd.
August
GLM inherits the Tommy Kaira brand of sports car developed in Kyoto.
December
Established a Kyoto electric automobile development working group centered around major corporations in Kyoto.
2012
August
Opened R&D center at Uji Venture Development Plant (former site of Nissan factory)
October
First venture company to obtained domestic licensing for an electric sports car
2013
April
Unveiled the first design of the Tommy Kaira ZZ and opened exhibition booth at Grand Front Osaka
November
Completed Series A round of funding for domestic VCs
2014
August
Began delivering first release of Tommy Kaira ZZ
2015
June
Exhibited at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015, one of the most prestigious motor sports events
July
Completed Series B round of funding for overseas funds, domestic VCs, and domestic and international corporations
October
Formed production partnership with Kosaka Metals Manufacturing in Maizuru, Kyoto