19 Jul '11, 3pm

First Takes: Priuses Power up Japan's Recovery, EPA Sued on Smog & More

First Takes: Priuses Power up Japan's Recovery, EPA Sued on Smog & More

Toyota Motor Corp. is equipping about 40 Prius hybrids with emergency power supply systems that will enable the cars to generate and store electricity to aid earthquake-and-tsunami ravaged northeastern Japan. The move, detailed by the Associated Press , is one of many recovery efforts by the country's largest firms in the wake of the March 11 disaster. • Solar Shelters: Japan's Sekisui Jushi Corp. and Kyocera go to market this week with a solar bus shelter that's also designed to help provide power during emergencies. Solar panels form the roof of the Eco-Shell, pictured above, and power energy efficient LEDs that light the structures. The shelters have an outlet that can be tapped for emergency power to recharge essential devices such as cell phones during disasters, the companies say . For now, the shelters will only be available in Japan. • Smog Suit: The Natural Resour...

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