Despite the lack of a gasoline engine, electric cars periodically require “refueling” from a charging station or a conventional outlet. Toyota has tackled the main problem of environmentally friendly transport: the eminent automaker introduced the original modification of the Prius sedan, which does not require a stationary charging source.
To “untie” the electric car from the charging cable, the company placed Sharp elastic solar panels 0.03 mm thick on the roof, hood, rear window and other elements of its body. With their help, the batteries of the car receive electricity both during movement and during parking. On a sunny day, according to the manufacturer, the battery charge is enough for 56 kilometers.
This solution was not without drawbacks: on cloudy days, the efficiency of the power source is significantly reduced, and the protective layer between the panels and the body adds an electric car 80 kilograms of weight, reducing the dynamics of the car.
According to Toyota representatives, the technology is now at the prototype stage - customers will have to wait a few more years for commercial models of autonomous electric cars to appear.