Solarve by Sanyo
Solarve (Solar Vehicle), the first solar-cell-equipped public bus in the world, recently announced by Sanyo in Japan. The bus was revealed to memorialize the 100th anniversary of Ryobi, a Japanese transportation and logistics company.
The Solarve is basically a city bus with solar cells on top that generate power for its interior LED lightings.
Sanyo says the bus solar panels generate total power of 798 watts (420 watts through crystalline silicon cells, and 378 watts through amorphous silicon cells). Power will be supplied by storage batteries inside the bus about nine hours for a long winter, or extended periods of time without sunlight.
The Solarve expected to be first used as a beginning September 1 (in Okayama City in southern Japan).