Panasonic and Toyota create first car with solar panel

17/07/2017 14:39 Solar

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Panasonic Corporation has started producing 180-watt solar cells that can be installed on the roof of a car. The cells have been used to mass-produce the first car with a solar panel on its roof.

The photovoltaic component is used on the roof of Toyota’s most recent plug-in hybrid Prius.

 

The developers say that even though the supply of energy is modest, the system is a breakthrough, as there are already other companies who seek to implement the project into their own products. The design will enhance over time, adjusting to the amount of surface a car provides, and its shape.

 

Depending on the seasonal fluctuations of sunlight, the charge can vary from 2.9 kilometers to 6.1 kilometers daily, which accounts for about 10% of the total annual mileage. With the new solar rooftops, Toyota seeks to diminish carbon dioxide emissions by 90 percent by 2050 compared to 2010.
 

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