27 Feb '17, 8pm

New 'Prius PHV' Can Be Charged With On-roof Solar Panel

The solar panel on the roof of the new "Prius PHV" (source: Toyota Motor) The driving battery is used to store solar electricity when the car is parked. (source: Toyota Motor) The amount of power generated can be checked by using a navigation system, smartphone, etc. (source: Toyota Motor) Toyota Motor Corp announced Feb 15, 2017, that it has fully-remodeled the "Prius PHV" plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHV) and released it. This time, Toyota increased EV driving range (per full charge) by more than 100% to 68.2km (approx 42.4 miles). Also, the company improved the fuel efficiency of Prius PHV as a hybrid car (when its battery runs out of charge) to 37.2km/L (approx 87.5mpg). The new Prius PHV can be charged by using "Solar Charging System," which uses solar electricity, in addition to normal (200V·100V) and rapid chargers. There is a solar panel on the roof of the vehicle. It i...

Full article: http://techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/atclen/news_en/15mk/02230116...

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