Solar cars are what they are – very, very cool but not entirely practical for everyday use. Honda hasn’t let that stop them from using all the solar power they can get their hands on, though; rather than build solar cars, they’re reducing their carbon footprint another way.
Honda is planning to install solar panels in every single office and every dealership (selling 4-wheeled vehicles) across the entire country of Japan. They’re the first automotive company in the world to put solar panels on all the buildings (or they will be, if all goes according to plan).
Watch It In Real-Time
All of the current power generation can be seen in real time on the Honda Japanese website – click here to see the maps and graphs – which, yes, it’s in Japanese, but it’s pretty self-explanatory. The map tells you where the current installations are, and poking around at the bar graph gives you the monthly, yearly, or daily amounts of power generated (the blue button all the way to the left is “today” and the numbered buttons are the months of the year). See? Easy.
The solar panels are directly linked to Honda’s database servers so as to automatically collect and display the data in real time that neat little table for you to read. Right now, the total capacity nationwide is around 3.5 megawatts; by the end of next year, Honda plans to have 7 megawatts worth of solar paneling installed.
And after that, maybe they’ll move on to the bike shops. Do you guys think they should take this out of Japan and start installations in other countries? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Green Car View | Image: Honda.