Toyota Industries Corp. announced that it is developing an electric car charging station composed of solar cells and storage batteries at Tokyo Motor Show 2009.
The electricity generated by the solar cells is first stored in storage batteries and then used to charge electric vehicles. Showa Shell Sekiyu KK and Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. also announced in August 2009 that they would jointly develop a similar system.
This time, Toyota Industries exhibited charging equipment to be used at a charging station. It has a communication function and can supply 100 to 200 volts of electricity. Mobile networks and LANs are expected to be used to transmit the authentication information of users, the amount of charge and so forth to a data center.
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