Although many people believe that solar powered cars are the trend of the future, they have proven to be a bit of a challenge to get out in mass production. While there has been a lot of progress in the area of solar powered cars over the last two decades, it is probably safe to say that it is still going to be quite some time before any car company begins mass producing cars that are one hundred percent solar powered. However, that doesn’t mean that car companies are not beginning to integrate solar power into the new models of the cars they produce.
A great example of a company integrating solar power into one of their vehicles is Toyota. When they release their 2010 Prius, one of the features it will have is a solar powered moonroof. This moonroof is a sliding glass panel, and the solar panels associated with it are located over the rear seating area.
The purpose of the solar powered moonroof is to help keep the interior of the car cool in situations where it reaches 86 degrees or more. When this happens, not only does the moonroof open, but the air circulation fan kicks on (which is also powered by solar energy).
In addition to using solar power, the 2010 Toyota Prius will also be a hybrid vehicle, which means that it can save you a significant amount of gas money. It is estimated that the car will get fifty-one miles per gallon, and individuals who are current owners of previous Prius models have reported that they have been able to get up to seventy miles per gallon by employing good driving habits.