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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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Jul 2008 @ 6:10pm

    Re: define practical

    Helios has almost no carry capacity...just like most of the entirely solar powered cars...that is the failing of those vehicles.

    The US electrical grid is barely handling capacity as it do you expect all electric plug cars to be powered by a grid that is taxed by the A/C in the average household?

    I live in Columbus, OH, and there is a guy here who was murdered over a car that runs on tap water...The guy that has the prototype swears it. He lives right next to the guy with the authentic big foot print and a scale from the Loch Ness monster.

    GE knew there was no future at the time for the electric car they had invented, it didn't provide the benefit of gas - Long ranges and easy to refuel. 12 hours to recharge or 12 minutes to fuel, grab a bite to eat, and go to bathroom.

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