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Japan Announces World’s First Solar-Powered Public Bus

Posted By Cameron Scott On August 27, 2010 @ 1:45 pm In Environment,Green Transportation,Innovation,Solar Power | 3 Comments

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On September 1, the world’s first solar cell-equipped public bus will hit the streets [2] of Okayama City in Southern Japan. The Sanyo-designed bus is a hybrid diesel-electric vehicle [3] whose rooftop solar cells generate 798 watts, powering the interior LED lights. In the absence of sun, solar power stored in a battery will keep the lights on for nine hours.

The hybrid Toyota Prius offers a model [4] with rooftop solar panels that run interior systems. The all-electric Blue Car [5] does, too. But Sanyo’s Solarve bus is the first use of this technology in mass transit. Next stop: an all-solar vehicle [6] in mass production?

+ Sanyo [7]

Via Crunch Gear [2]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/27/japan-announces-worlds-first-solar-powered-public-bus/solarve-620x403/

[2] hit the streets: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/27/solarve-sanyo-shows-worlds-first-solar-cell-equipped-bus/

[3] hybrid diesel-electric vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/25/peugeot-3008-hybrid4-the-worlds-first-diesel-fueled-hybrid-vehicle/2/

[4] model: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/08/transportation-tuesday-solar-powered-toyota-prius/

[5] Blue Car: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/09/transportation-tuesday-the-solar-powered-blue-car/

[6] all-solar vehicle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/07/solar-powered-bethany-race-car/

[7] + Sanyo: http://jp.sanyo.com/news/2010/08/26-1.html

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