GRA wrote: jjeff wrote:
Cool, looks like the Japanese version of the Prime will get a solar roof, which they say on a sunny day could give you an extra 3.7 miles, which wouldn't be a lot in a BEV but on a vehicle that only had a 25 mile EV range, every bit would help.https://thinkprogress.org/prius-solar-r ... 929f467061
That seems to be big enough to be marginally useful instead of purely a gimmick like the LEAF's, although what the price is will be the determining factor. Still, as someone who often leaves my car sitting at a trailhead for hours or days, not to mention in my driveway for a week or more, it might pencil out. Course, you'd have to deliberately leave the car so it was exposed to the sun all day instead of parking in the shade, so there'd presumably be some (battery and/or cabin) cooling overhead that would eliminate much of the charging benefit. I suspect that until the entire surface of the car is covered with cells at an affordable price, this won't be cost-effective.
I tried to copy/paste to that article like you do, so people wouldn't have to follow the link, which I appreciate, but for whatever reason when I tried to SUBMIT it, I got an error code saying I couldn't. Something about it didn't like some code or another
I tried deleting various things and retrying but was unsuccessful.
I agree, unlike the Joke solar panel on the back of my SL Leaf, this one sounds like it might actually do something, still was just the roof though.
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