Oh this is so cool, Prius powered by the sun!

Toyota to add solar panels to Prius hybrid: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plans to install solar panels on its next-generation Prius hybrid cars, becoming the first major automaker to use solar power for a vehicle, the Nikkei business daily reported on Monday.

The paper said Toyota would equip solar panels on the roof of the high-end version of the Prius when it redesigns the gasoline-electric hybrid car early next year, and the power generated by the system would be used for the air conditioning.

Toyota plans to use solar panels made by Kyocera Corp (6971.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), the Nikkei said.

Toyota remodeled the Prius with an improved hybrid system in 2003 and is expected to launch a third-generation version by next year. (Source: Reuters)

It’s great that car manufacturers are innovating in the area of energy conservation. Costs savings and a better environment I hope!

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