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USA: Li-ion batteries fuel solar race car

Panasonic Corp. is supplying the Solar Electric Vehicle Team of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT SEVT) with high-capacity 2.9Ah Li-ion batteries. The team is taking a solar car to participate in the Global Green Challenge (GGC) to be held in Australia in October 2009.

The Global Green Challenge evolved from the World Solar Challenge, a solar car race first held in 1987 in Australia. Today the Global Green Challenge includes the World Solar Challenge for solar powered cars and the Eco Challenge for other types of environmentally conscious production cars, including fuel cell, electric and hybrid vehicles. Teams from universities, corporations and other groups from around the world will compete, driving across the Australian continent from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south, over a distance of 3,021km.

The MIT SEVT student team will compete in the World Solar Challenge with a solar-powered car using Panasonic Li-ion batteries to store its solar generated power. Separately, Panasonic will provide the same high-capacity Li-ion batteries to a team from Japan’s Tokai University which is also competing in the same category.



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