New Toyota Prius will be available with solar panel sunroof

THE new version of the world’s biggest selling petrol-electric car will be partly powered by the sun. The third generation Toyota Prius, unveiled at the Detroit motor show overnight, will be available with a solar panel sunroof when it goes on sale in Australia in June priced from $40,000.

The solar system runs an air circulation fan which cools the car while it is parked, and it can be activated by a remote control so the cabin is cool before you drive off. This, in turn, leads to better fuel economy because the car doesn’t need to use as much power once moving to cool the cabin.

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Date: 20 January 2009

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