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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    Ron, 8 Jul 2008 @ 3:15am

    Re: Re: Re: Prius Silly Solar Panel

    When I Google "Prius starter battery problem" here in Southern California, I get exactly one hit, and believe it or not, it is a link to this page containing your post. No other hits, period.

    Like Mark Murphy, I own a Prius (2006 model), and have a vested interest in finding out if there's really a problem. Personally, the only problem I've had is that my Prius seems to have a target painted on it, in some kind of color visible to everyone but me. It's been hit three times, each time causing substantial damage. It runs great, though, and sure does get great mileage.

    Actually, now that I think of it, I have had another problem: my kids and friends borrow the Prius so much, I hardly ever get to drive it!

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