Honda to Build New Test Course and Mega Solar System in Sakura, Japan
Tokyo, Aug 8, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced plans to
build a new test course and mega solar system on its property in the city of
Sakura in Tochigi prefecture, Japan.
In 2007 Honda initially announced its plan to build a large-scale test course
featuring a high-speed circuit with a 4 km long track, but postponed the plan
due to the global economic recession that began in 2008. Reflecting recent
changes in the business environment surrounding the automobile industry and in
the market needs, Honda modified the purpose and scale of the plan and decided
to build the new test course (approximately 25 ha in size) which will be
utilized for the development of advanced safety technologies.
In addition, Honda will build a solar power generation system with an annual
capacity of 10 MW within the same property in Sakura. After installing
approximately 70,000 solar panels on an approximately 33 ha lot, Honda is
planning to begin sales of the generated electricity in 2015. Moreover, as a
part of its effort to conserve the natural environment, Honda is also planning
to build a biotope within the property and will welcome members of the local
community to enjoy it.
While continuing proactive development of safety technologies, Honda positions
global environmental issues, especially climate change and energy issues, as a
top priority and contributes to the reduction of its environmental footprint by
promoting widespread use of renewable energy.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (TSE:7267/NYSE:HMC/LSE:HNDA.L) is one of the leading
manufacturers of automobiles and power products and the largest manufacture of
motorcycles in the world. Honda has always sought to provide genuine
satisfaction to people worldwide. The result is more than 120 manufacturing
facilities in 30 countries worldwide, producing a wide range of products,
including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden
equipment and automobiles that bring the company into contact with over 19
million customers annually. For more information, please visit
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