Solar-Powered Public Bus by Sanyo Coming to Japan

Sanyo claims that they have developed the world’s first public bus equipped with solar cell panels. The Solarve (short for Solar Vehicle) was unveiled to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Ryobi, a well-known Japanese transportation and logistics company.

The Solarve is a diesel-electric hybrid city bus with solar cells attached on top to generate power for its interior LED lights. The solar panels, according to Sanyo, are good for a total output of 798 watts. The bus can also provide power from its storage batteries for up to nine hours just in case the sun would not shine for too long.

This solar-powered bus from Sanyo is expected to debut in Okayama City in Southern Japan as early as September 1.

Source: CrunchGear

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