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Solar Scooter

Japanese municipal official develops zero-emission solar scooter

June 11, 2008

Mr. Chikara Murayama, Director of Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Society Creation Division of Yamanashi Prefecture (Japan), has developed zero-emission scooter that is wholly powered by solar energy.

He has commuted to work, 10km both-way, by the zero-emission scooter everyday and has proved its feasibility. It is powered by 4 solar panel fixed on the scooter (4.5 watt each) and a solar panel at home (175 watt). 4 panels are able to generate electricity while it is moving and while parked. After coming home, it is charged up by the solar panel at home to get ready for the next day.

It can run 30 km a day, and it is able to run even if it rains 2 days. The cost spent on development is 200,000 yen, including the cost of scooter itself.

Yamanashi Prefecture is Charter Member of ICLEI, and Mr. Chikara Murayama used to work at ICLEI Japan Office from 1995 to 1996. Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Society Creation Division, Yamanashi PrefectureTel: +81-55-223-1502