By Jon LeSage Panasonic is ready to take the lead offering solar panels embedded into mass-produced electric car roofs.
The Japanese electronics giant started this move in February partnering with Toyota by adding its 180-watt array of solar cells into the roof of new Prius Prime plug-in hybrids. Battery range is increased through this passive technology that Prius Prime buyers can choose as an option.
“That means you get about 10 percent of annual mileage from solar just by letting your car sit,” said Shingo Okamoto, the general manager at Panasonic overseeing the project, in an interview in Tokyo.
Panasonic, with its role supplying solar roofs
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