Sanyo has opened a "solar parking lot" in Tokyo where 100 electric hybrid bicycles can be recharged from sunlight-powered panels.

The system uses lithium-ion batteries to charge 100 of Sanyo’s "eneloop" bikes, with enough power left over to also illuminate the parking lot with LED lights at night.

The eneloop bikes are electric power assisted and are available for rent at 300 yen (about $3) an hour. They take about three and a half hours to fully charge.