Toyota City, Japan – Toyota Industries has developed a solar charging station for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles, with excess power available for sale to utility companies.

The municipal government of Toyota City will build 21 stations at 11 locations, with full operation expected to begin in April 2010 for use by 20 Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles.

During its presentation at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, Toyota said that it plans to develop infrastructure that supports electronic billing and solar-powered charging stations, along with smaller, on-board vehicle chargers.

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