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Do we need this? Solar recharging stations for electric bikes

Kyocera has launched a solar recharging station for electric-assisted bicycles and the system will debut in Japan this month.
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Written by Larry Dignan on

Kyocera has launched a solar recharging station for electric-assisted bicycles and the system will debut in Japan this month.

These stations use Kyocera-supplied solar panels to recharge electric bicycles with a DC-AC converter for night charging. A standard outlet is available in an emergency.

How big of a market is this?

Kyocera says that the use of electric bicycles has grown as people look for alternative transportation. Electric bicycles are found at rental shops in tourist areas. Electric bikes, designed for errands around town, vary in price and assist in pedaling so hills are easier.

Or you could just pedal and get a little exercise. Probably greener too since you wouldn't have to tap the grid at all.

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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