Toyota to Add Solar Panels to Some Prius Hybrids

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Toyota to Add Solar Panels to Prius Hybrids

Big automakers Toyota are racing to come up alternative solutions to using fuels. But is solar power the

TOKYO (Reuters) — Motor Corp plans to solar panels on some hybrids in its next remodeling, to growing demand for green amid record-high oil prices, a briefed on the matter said on

The panels, supplied by Kyocera would be able to power of the air-conditioning on high-end versions of the Prius, the source said.

It’s more of a symbolic said the source, who asked not to be It’s very difficult to much more than with solar energy.

is due to launch the third-generation Prius year.

Big automakers are racing to up with alternative solutions to fossil fuels to appear conscious and to lure consumers to save money at the pump.

But power is not seen as a viable to power cars. Solar are expensive due to rising silicon and storing energy is difficult, the said. It was unknown how much the panels on the new Prius cars cost, or how many solar-mounted Toyota would build.

A Toyota spokesman declined to saying the company does not about future product

Mazda Motor Corp offered a solar panel on two car models, the Eunos 800 and Sentia, in the 1990s to ventilate the sedans parked on hot summer days. The option was unpopular and discontinued a few years.

Kentaro Endo, a at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, and Industry who specializes in renewable said the application of solar was severely limited in vehicles.

Even if you laid solar out on the entire roof of a house, you generate enough energy to run two dryers, he said.

It’s an idea, but it would be very to power a whole car, with technological advances.

has struggled to keep up with for the Prius as soaring gasoline put consumers off of gas-guzzling sport vehicles and pickup trucks. Honda Motor Co will step up its hybrid push a new, low-cost model next year, followed by other gasoline-electric cars.

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Automakers have teamed up battery makers to develop and lithium-ion batteries to store energy in smaller packages to cruising distances.

Toyota has with Matsushita Electric Co while Nissan Motor Co has a venture with the NEC Corp Mitsubishi Motors Corp is with GS Yuasa Corp.

The the world’s first mass-produced hybrid car, first on sale in Japan in late and in other markets in 2000. sales have topped 1 units worldwide.

Toyota has a goal of selling at 1 million hybrid cars a in the early part of the next by offering the fuel-saving system on vehicles.

Toyota shares 1.4 percent higher at 4,990 yen as the rose against the yen. lost 0.1 percent to 9,740 while the Nikkei average 0.9 percent.

(Reporting by Mayumi Sachi Izumi, Chang-Ran Editing by Brent Kininmont)

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