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?

Filed Under: hybrid cars, prius, solar power
Companies: toyota

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    The Irate Citizen, 7 Jul 2008 @ 5:23pm

    Sun Power

    Hey everybody knows that oil is the only way to go. Get more of it. Burn more of it. Milk it out of the ground till the last drop is sold. Nothing like that nice choking feeling of hydrocarbon exhaust. Ahhhhh! Can't ya smell that smell? Everybody that has a pocket open for oil is always gonna poo poo any alternative fuel source, especially the hardest to regulate of all, , , the sun. Nope, solar can't work, can't even help, still to much oil to burn. Watch what happens when the wells run dry. I'm betting the oil companies will be all over solar power, like hair on a gorilla. Remember, if a lie is repeated enough, people soon start to believe it!


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