Just last week we updated you with information on the new 2010 Toyota Prius. Today, Japan’s Nikkei is reporting that the next-generation Toyota Prius will supposedly carry solar panels on some high-end models that will power the electronics of the hybrid such as air conditioning.
According to Nikkei, the solar panels will provide up to 2 to 5 kilowatts of electricity. Toyota will be purchasing the panels from Japanese electronics maker of Kyocera Corp. (yes that’s the company that used to made those crappy pre-paid cell phones).
Of course Toyota declined to comment and said they don’t say anything about their product plans.
As reported last week, the Prius is expected to get more powerful with a 1.6 liter units while achieving better fuel-economy than the current model’s 48/45mpg (city/highway) EPA numbers.
Source: Detroit News