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by Mike Masnick


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Toyota Adds Solar Power To Hybrid

from the what's-wrong-with-wind-power? dept

Toyota, already considered a leader in producing hybrid gas-electric vehicles is apparently preparing to make that hybrid a bit more hybrid: it's going to add solar panels to some models, using the solar energy to power air conditioning. It's not much, but it's a start. I've actually been fascinated with solar vehicles since the fifth grade (yikes) when I convinced some engineers at GM to send me some cheap solar panels to build a tiny solar-powered car (Chrysler ignored my letter, Ford sent a form letter in response). While GM had invested in some prototypes and took part in various solar powered car contests, the technology has never been good enough to do very much at a practical level. Now, how long will it be until Toyota figures out a way to use wind power as well?

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    Jonathan, 7 Jul 2008 @ 5:15pm

    Great Start, Great Possibilities!

    I am excited about the solar panels, despite the fact that they don't do much yet! You have to start some where! It will just get better! The article mentioned wind power! That is what really interests me! I don't know how feasible it is, but how awesome would it be if you had wind generators on your car? It wouldn't be attractive sure, but as long as your moving, your constantly generating the electricity to propel your vehicle! The only limit to how far you can drive now depends on the capacity of your bladder! =)

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