Looks like Toyota is taking another green move and will possibly be outfitting the Toyota Prius with a set of solar panels. These panels would be equipped on a select number of Prius hybrids and would power things like A/C and other electronics on board.
“It’s more of a symbolic gesture,” said the person, who asked not to be identified because he was not allowed to speak publicly. “It’s very difficult to power much more than that with solar energy.”
It’s a novel move to add the solar panels to the Toyota hybrid, but it really doesn’t accomplish a whole lot. Unfortunately, according to industry experts, technology has not come far enough to do a whole lot with solar energy. The surface area required to produce significant energy is not condusive to cars and trucks yet, and it’s barely suitable for homes.