Jul 7, 2008

Toyota to go green by adding solar panels to Prius!

There is absolutely no doubt today about where the automobile industry is heading and it is surely taking a drive towards the greener pastures. With the growing environment concern and the growing crude oil prices, it seems inevitable and a no-brainer that oil, companies have to turn towards green power. Toyota have gone one step further this time by incorporating what is unarguably the most successful of green energies on the planet in to one of their hot new studs- The Prius Hybrid!

Toyota Motor Corp plans to install solar panels on its next-generation Prius hybrid cars, becoming the first major automaker to use solar power for a vehicle. 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. It seems to be a move that is both simple and something that makes a whole lot of sense too.

Toyota plans to use solar panels made by Kyocera Corporation and while the reports have not yet been confirmed by the company itself, it seems pretty certain that this is going to happen. The Prius, the world’s first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid car, first went on sale in Japan in late 1997 and in other markets in 2000, and its cumulative sales have topped 1 million units worldwide. This might make it all the more popular.

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