Saturday, January 03, 2009

Toyota Solar Cars

pv_prius, originally uploaded by bredlo.

It seems Toyota is spreading rumors that they have been working on a solar powered car.

Toyota Motor Corp is secretly developing a solar powered green car, the Nikkei reports.The electric vehicle is expected to get some of its power from solar cells on the vehicle and can be recharged with electricity generated from solar panels on home roofs. Eventually, the automaker hopes to develop a model totally powered by solar cells.

Despite the skepticism at Wired, I think they are going to build a solar car. I do not think it will run only on it's own solar panels. Like the Prius pictured above it will have solar panels that will add to its electric range. It will charge in the sun, even when not plugged in. At least someone is pushing the envelope. The big three are still denying global warming and are dragging their feet when it comes to fuel efficiency.

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