Toyota Prius is the world’s most popular hybrid and will increase its energy-saving features. Toyota will include solar panels on the roof of its new high-end Prius models.
Toyota will be the first major automaker using solar power for a vehicle and will use Kyocera solar cells to provide
extra power especially to the air conditioning system.
These panels are capable of supplying part of the 2-5 kilowatts of power needed to run the aircon unit. Whether the solar system will be optional or standard isn’t clear.
One of the main troubles is the slow supply because Toyota did not anticipate the demand that high oil prices would cause.
But the Prius is not the first mass-marketed vehicle to use solar panels, in the 1992 Mazda 929 offered solar panels in the sunroof that would run fans to cool the interior while it was parked.
The Audi A8 has offered an optional solar panel sunroof to power interior venting fans since 1997.
Some people in Canada and other countries are trying to do-it-yourself experimenting with solar panels on a Prius as well.
Sites like solarelectricalvehicles.com have a 5000$ kit with which you can drive 15 to 20 miles every day on solar power ONLY
Would you buy one if the oil prices increase?