solar-charged-mopedsSolar-charged mopeds anyone?

The Yamaha electric mopeds parked underneath a series of small solar arrays in the picture above will soon be available for rent in front of the Kokokei JR Station in Tajimi Citi-Gifu Prefecture in Japan.

The solar-charged mopeds are part of an effort by Tajimi City Electric Bike Leasing Organization to promote greater environmental consciousness and greener commuting practices in Japan.

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Electric mopeds and bicycles for rent will also be available at additional locations throughout Tajimi Citi.

In fact, Japan isn’t the only country where solar-powered scooter, moped and electric bicycle charging stations are popping up. There are quite a few in Germany, for example.

We don’t know of any in the U.S. yet — though it’s possible we’ve missed one, or more, as they’ve gone up. If we have, and you know of one, please let us know, and we’ll publish a story on it 🙂 — and add it to our unique global map of solar-powered EV charging stations.

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