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Honda EV trial to investigate solar power benefits for small islands

Working in partnership with Toshiba, which has developed the photovoltaic charging station, and Miyakojima City, the trial will investigate the environmental and cost benefits of adopting solar-powered chargers to reduce the dependence on oil-based fuels.

Data gathered will be used as a model for other communities, Honda said.

Miyakojima, which is located on a small island south of the Japanese mainland, has to bring fuels for conventionally-powered vehicles across from the mainland by boat. The project will deploy the MC-β micro-sized electric vehicle, which seats two occupants in tandem, for use on the island.

Mr. Takeo Kiuchi, senior researcher of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., said: ‘This experiment that verifies the potential of a CO2-free society represents the very activities Honda is pursuing in the effort to realize ‘the joy and freedom of mobility' and ‘a sustainable society where people can enjoy life.' I expect that this initiative will serve as a trigger for people to reconsider the value of this wonderful natural environment of Miyakojima Island for generation after generation.’

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