several other automotive giants like Ford, Nissan and Chevrolet
jumping on the EV, hybrid bandwagon, it's no surprise that Mazda is
following suit with their solar-to-electric converted Mazda 2 test
fleet in Tsukuba,
converted Mazda 2 EV charges from a station that is powered by the sun's
rays, making it an emissions-free vehicle.
Mazda provided the cars, EnerDel produced the batteries and solar
energy storage units, Think
Global made all-electric drivetrains, and Itochu helped with
top quality battery systems provide a robust platform for rapid
-recharge," said Murase Hiroaki, deputy manager battery business
unit of Itochu Corporation.
batteries store the sun's energy with solar panels attached to
stationary grid-storage units. When a vehicle
is charging, the juice is sent out via direct current. This
direct current can fill the car to 85 percent capacity in
approximately 15 minutes.
integration of rapid charging, smart grid and electric vehicles is a
crucial step in the transition to clean, efficient, low-carbon energy
and transportation systems, and something that countries all over the
world are moving toward," said Charles Gassenheimer, EnerDel
parent company Ener1's CEO.
project also demonstrates how critical a secondary-use strategy is
unlocking economic value that becomes a key driver for the EV battery
testing the converted
Mazda 2 will obtain smart cards used for tracking charges
and wear, billing and gaining access to the cars and charging
stations. The vehicles will be part of a car-sharing program
allowing users and potential buyers to reserve a converted Mazda 2
ahead of release time. Reservations are on a first-come, first-served