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Japanese Electronics Firm Develops Solar-Powered Car

September 20, 1986

TOKYO (AP) _ Sanyo Electric Co., a leading Japanese electronics firm, has developed a solar-powered vehicle, a company research center spokesman said Saturday.

Shoichi Nakano, the center’s chief engineer, said the automobile is six feet, nine inches long; is equipped with silicon solar power cells, and is capable of running just over 22 miles with six hours’ power charge on a sunny day.

The car weighs 132 pounds and the maximum speed is 14.8 miles per hour, he said.

Nakano said the car was developed using low-priced, ultrathin solar cells.

The firm, noted for its household appliances, developed the solar cells and has been using them in calculators since 1980, he said.

The research to develop a vehicle cost about $32,700, and there are no immediate plan for mass production, he said.

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