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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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    CJ, 8 Jul 2008 @ 12:41pm

    Re: Great Start, Great Possibilities!

    I have thought about using wind power for cars myself and came to the conclustion that although the wind generators on your car would provide some power, they would reduce the overall milage of the vehicle. Great idea though. I hope that these sorts of ideas catch on.

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