Honda to Build New Test Course in Japan
Honda Motor Co. 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 4km 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 market needs, Honda modified the purpose and scale of the plan and decided to build the new test course (approximately 25 hectares 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 10MW within the same property in Sakura. After installing approximately 70,000 solar panels on an approximately 33-hectare 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, which can be enjoyed by members of the local community.
Continuing proactive development of safety technologies, Honda considers global environmental issues, especially climate change and energy issues, as a top priority. The company contributes to the reduction of its environmental footprint by promoting widespread use of renewable energy.
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