It didn't take Japan's battery-powered Mira EV long to top itself. Last year the car set a record for the longest journey in an electric car without recharging, traveling 345.2 miles between Tokyo and Osaka on a single charge. Packing 8,320 cylindrical lithium-ion batteries, the Japan EV Club's Mira EV has now bested its own short-lived record, traveling 623.3 miles on a single charge this past weekend.
The future of community bike systems may not require much pedaling at all; Sanyo has just installed two "Solar Parking Lots" that serve as solar charging stations for 100 Eneloop electric hybrid bicycles in Setagaya, Tokyo.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.