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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The New Toyota Prius Transported On A Solar Powered Ship

It is yet another example of how the new Toyota Prius benefits from clever use of renewable energy sources throughout its life cycle. Solar power provides a large proportion of the electricity used to power the Tsutsumi factory where it is built, and, in a first for a volume production car, the Toyota Prius can be equipped with its own solar panels to run a fan to keep the cabin cool while the car is parked.
Launched in Kobe, Japan, December 2008, the 60,000-tonne ship is 200m long and can carry 6,200 vehicles. Its performance contributes towards NYK's aim of reducing its car carrier fleet energy consumption by 50 per cent by 2010, together with a range of other design, technical and operational improvements.

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