Virtually every car manufacturerproduces models with electric motors, but few risk to equip them with solar panels for constant recharging of the battery. One of the rare brave souls in this area was Toyota, which used solar energy to power its onboard computer and other electronics in some prototypes of its cars. Now the manufacturer went further and developed a Prius hybrid car with solar panels on the hood, roof and trunk. The energy generated will be used to power the electric motor.
According to company representatives, in one daysun exposure, the car generates as much electricity as is enough to travel 44.5 kilometers. During trips, solar panels will be able to increase the range of the car to 56.3 kilometers. For some people, such indicators may seem insignificant, but most drivers travel a much smaller distance daily, so the energy should be enough.
Toyota car with solar panels
Of course, the increase in power reserve will be directlydepend on the region of use of the car. If the owner lives in a region with predominantly cloudy weather, there will be little benefit from solar panels. But, drivers from warm countries will be able to afford to charge the car much less frequently, and thus save money.
At the moment, the company is not ready to releasePrius prototype for sale, but plans to test it in different parts of Tokyo. In this case, it will help the company NEDO and Sharp - it is important for them to find out the degree of efficiency of solar panels. In the future, the manufacturer wants to equip all their cars with them - however, they will be able to power the air conditioner, audio system and other equipment that consumes electricity.
Tesla competitor charges the battery on the go
This is not the first car with solar panels behindrecent times. Recently, the Dutch company Lightyear introduced a competitor to Tesla cars, which is also capable of charging a battery on the go. For one hour in the sun, the car increases the range by an average of 12 kilometers. In the summer, this figure can reach 30 kilometers per day, but in winter, the increase in power reserve will reach only 7 kilometers.
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