New Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid Gets Solar Panel Roof; But Not in U.S — Yet

By Larry E. Hall The new Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will gain additional electric driving range with a rooftop solar panel that helps recharge the battery.
Stretching nearly the entire length of the roof, the solar cells can charge the lithium-ion battery pack when the car is parked, and can boost efficiency by as much as 10 percent, though Toyota did not provide specifics.
When the car is being driven, the solar panels also supply power to accessories such as air conditioning, power window and interior lights.
Initially the new technology will be offered only in the Europe and Japan versions, where it is named the Prius

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