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Monday, May 8, 2017

Will electric cars soon have solar roofs? Toyota and Tesla say yes.

Will electric cars soon have solar roofs? Toyota and Tesla say yes.

Last week, Panasonic announced an advanced solar panel system that will debut on the 2017 model Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid in Japan (the Prius Prime).

It is “the first commercially available, mass-produced passenger car to feature an optional solar charging system,” PV magazine explained.

Panasonic notes that, previously, rooftop solar cells had outputs of only “several tens of watts.” So they were used only for ventilating parked cars and “auxiliary charging” of the standard 12-Volt lead-acid battery.

But improvements in solar efficiency combined with advanced design and “technologies to laminate three-dimensional curved glass” have allowed a high output?—?some 180 watts, which is more than triple the output of the previous solar roof.

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