The Japenese automaker is currently testing bigger and more efficient solar panels on a Toyota Prius.
Toyota is already busy with the broader electrification of its global fleet, but until this important passage, the Japanese giant seeks to find a way to make its popular Prius even more energy efficient. Earlier this month, Toyota unveiled a prototype of the Prius Prime with larger solar panels than those available on the Japanese market as an option.
Let’s remember that the Prius plug-in hybrid is available with solar panels on the roof to improve the efficiency of the car. However, these are in operation only when the car is parked, which is the opposite of the solar panels bolted to this test car.
According to early estimates, this Prius “more solar than ever” would be able to travel a distance of 56 km, strictly from the energy generated by these Sharp Corporation-developed panels. The Prius plug-in hybrid, currently sold with solar panels, is capable of driving only 6.4 km on solar power.
These new solar panels are more efficient, which is why they generate 860 watts, instead of the 180 watts of the Prius sold in the land of the rising sun.
The tests will continue until next February to determine the feasibility of incorporating this technology into future products of the brand.