Tuesday, 8th July 2008
In Business In Japan,
Toyota plan 'solar-powered air con'
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is to make its eco-friendly Prius even greener by fitting them with solar-powered air conditioning.
The feature will be added to some high-end models of the hybrid car, with solar panels providing between two and five kilowatts of electricity, reports The Nikkei.
A Toyota official revealed the proposal on condition of anonymity as the company does not allow product plans to be made public ahead of time.
Sales of the low-carbon vehicle have soared as a result of rising oil petrol prices at the pump and growing environmental concerns among consumers.
A third-generation Prius is expected to be revealed in May next year.
Hybrid technology has been the focus of Toyota's growth strategy and the company has pledged to sell a million eco-friendly cars every year from 2010.
The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive optimally combines a refined 1.5 litre VVT-I petrol engine with a powerful electrical motor.
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