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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
On September 1, the world’s first solar cell-equipped public bus will hit the streets  of Okayama City in Southern Japan. The Sanyo-designed bus is a hybrid diesel-electric vehicle  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  with rooftop solar panels that run interior systems. The all-electric Blue Car  does, too. But Sanyo’s Solarve bus is the first use of this technology in mass transit. Next stop: an all-solar vehicle  in mass production?
+ Sanyo 
Via Crunch Gear 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/27/japan-announces-worlds-first-solar-powered-public-bus/solarve-620x403/
 hit the streets: http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/08/27/solarve-sanyo-shows-worlds-first-solar-cell-equipped-bus/
 hybrid diesel-electric vehicle: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/25/peugeot-3008-hybrid4-the-worlds-first-diesel-fueled-hybrid-vehicle/2/
 model: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/08/transportation-tuesday-solar-powered-toyota-prius/
 Blue Car: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/09/transportation-tuesday-the-solar-powered-blue-car/
 all-solar vehicle: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/07/solar-powered-bethany-race-car/
 + Sanyo: http://jp.sanyo.com/news/2010/08/26-1.html
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