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Updated Solar Car Roofs

A Toyota Solar Roof is Undergoing Testing

— July 10, 2019 — Autos
A new iteration of the Toyota solar roof is being tested on public roads. The trials will look to make improvements in solar technology so that drivers can charge the EV battery while driving. This would greatly extend the range of Toyota electric cars.

The current demo car has the ability to convert solar power at 34% and higher. This is a much-improved process, where previous commercial panels were only able to convert at a rate of 22.5%. The new panels will provide an additional 27.7 miles of range on to the vehicle.

A version of the Toyota solar roof was previously available in Japan for the Prius PHV, where the auto manufacturer partnered with Shar and Japan-based National Research Organization, NEDO.


Image Credit: Toyota
Trend Themes
1. Improved Solar Technology - Toyota is testing an updated solar roof with improved solar technology, allowing drivers to charge their EV battery while driving.
2. Extended Electric Vehicle Range - The new Toyota solar roof panels are expected to provide an additional 27.7 miles of range to electric cars, greatly extending their driving capabilities.
3. Partnerships for Solar Innovation - Toyota previously partnered with Shar and NEDO in Japan to develop solar roofs for their Prius PHV, demonstrating opportunities for collaboration on solar energy innovations.
Industry Implications
1. Automotive - The automotive industry can explore the integration of improved solar technology in electric vehicles to enhance range and offer greener transportation solutions.
2. Renewable Energy - Renewable energy companies can capitalize on the demand for improved solar technology and partner with auto manufacturers to develop innovative solar-powered vehicles.
3. Research and Development - Research institutions and organizations can further invest in the development of advanced solar technology, collaborating with auto companies to drive disruptive innovation in the transportation sector.
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