Japanese Electronics Firm Develops Solar-Powered Car
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.