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by Mike Zazaian September 7, 2006 - 11:36am, No Comments

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is in production of SWIMO, the latest in enviro-friendly transport.

After the stark disappearance of the Electric car a few years ago it’s refreshing to see that similar technologies are making it to market. Kawasaki Heavy Industries is currently in the development stages of SWIMO, a streetcar powered by rechargable NiMH batteries (Nickel Metal Hydride).

SwimoThe NiMH to be used will be the same as rechargable batteries for consumer applications such as digital cameras, but will be packed in much larger quantities. SWIMO is currently only capable of travelling 6 miles without a recharge, but with strategically placed regarge stations SWIMO can go all day long without a drop of gas. Overhead wires normally associated with street-cars are also no longer necessary.

SWIMO is marked to hit the streets of Japan in 2007.