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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    GeneralEmergency (profile), 7 Jul 2008 @ 4:54pm

    PhotoVoltaic is not the solution.

    Clearly, the optimum power source for green vehicles of the future depends upon harnessing the virtually unlimited bloviating rhetoric on this subject being spewed by greenies everywhere. If we could just cork and divert 30% of this resource nationally, we could reduce oil imports a substantial amount.

    I can see the little sticker on the rear of these cars now: "This car fueled by clean, but obnoxious environmentalist rhetoric."

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