From Reuters: Toyota to add solar panels to Prius hybrid: Nikkei
Toyota Motor Corp (TM) 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
With this latest addition, Prius as the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle out there, certainly will gain even more popularity. It seems that car’s entire roof-panel will be equipped with Kyocera-built roof-mounted solar panels. The sun’s rays will not be used to power the car itself, but instead – to run the AC. However, Prius with equipped roof-solar-panels won’t be available until early next year.
Worldwide cumulative sales of the Toyota Prius have already crossed 1 million.