Toyota cars have learned to ride on solar energyJuly 4, 2019
Japanese car brand together with Sharp will start testing a special electric vehicle
At the end of July 2019, tests of the Toyota electric car equipped with Sharp high-efficiency solar panels will start in Japan. The company already has a Prius PHV in its arsenal with optional roof panels, but the energy collected in this way is only enough to recharge auxiliary devices. At the same new solar cells 4.8 times more powerful and provide an increase in the power reserve at the level of 56.3 kilometers.
According to the press service of Toyota, a prototype for road tests was equipped with a set of photovoltaic panels, which are located not only on the roof, but also on the hood and tailgate. As a result, power increased to 860 watts, and the efficiency exceeded 34 percent. For comparison, the serial Prius PHV with an optional solar panel, these figures are 180 watts and 22.5 percent, respectively, and at the time of movement the energy does not accumulate, unlike the experimental specimen. If we compare the added power reserve, then the prototype’s solar panels will provide 44.5 kilometers per day in the parking lot, and the commodity version will provide 6.1 kilometers.
Sharp was responsible for developing high-performance modules. The company assures that the energy collected using these panels is enough to increase the range of electric vehicles by 56.3 kilometers. These are just preliminary calculations, and Toyota and Sharp are going to get real data during tests of a prototype on public roads.
At the end of June, the electric car Lightyear One was introduced on solar batteries, which can be charged independently. This liftback is equipped with four electric motors and a set of batteries, allowing you to drive about 725 kilometers on a WLTP cycle without recharging. The developers claim that in clear weather, the solar panels provide the car with up to 20,000 “free” kilometers of run per year.
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