Toyota has created an experimental version of the car, powered by solar energy

Toyota has created an experimental version of the car, powered by solar energy

July 10, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

The Japanese automaker, supported by Sharp and an organization dedicated to the introduction of innovative industrial energy technologies, is testing a modification of the Prius model that is superior to a serial hybrid in efficiency.

The Prius already has a version coming off the conveyor with solar panels on the roof. However, the experimental version is much more efficient: efficiency has risen from 22.5 to 34%, and the output power has increased 5 times at all! Sharp solar panels on the test car are not only on the roof, but also the hood, trunk, including its cover.

But there is a special difference between the experimental version and the serial version. Test Prius is able to charge from the energy of the Sun, not only in the parking lot, but also when driving. The designers claim that after charging in the parking lot, the experimental car will overcome 44.5 km, while the production version is only 6.

And if on the checked car to go, using energy accumulation by a recovery method, the maximum mileage will increase to 56.3 km. Toyota intends to test an experimental model in the capital of Japan and other large cities. The accumulated experience is planned to be used in developing the system for charging the machine from solar panels.