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Panasonic Shows Off World’s Fastest Solar Car At CES

January 11, 2012

Panasonic showed off the Tokai University’s solar car Tuesday at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The car is the defending champion for the World Solar Challenge (WSC) in Australia, which is one of the largest solar-powered car races in the world.

Panasonic is supplying the Japanese university team with its Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer (HIT) solar cells.  The solar cells, along with the car, had a dedicated display among Panasonic’s massive floor space at the electronics show.

The HIT solar cells are “the world’s highest level 2 of energy conversion rate,” according to Panasonic.

The car is also equipped with High Capacity Lithium-ion batteries developed by the company.  The batteries are mounted in arrays within a storage battery module and feature the “industry’s highest level of energy density.”

The car competed and won the World Solar Challenge in both 2009 and 2011.  The team utilized the power of Panasonic’s HIT solar cells in the 2011 race.

“Tokai University team’s winning performance at this year’s WSC proved the significance and superior performance of Panasonic’s HIT solar cells and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries,” Panasonic said after the race in a press release.

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Source: Lee Rannals for RedOrbit