The all-new 2010 Toyota Prius should be revealed by this time next year and now Japan’s Nikkei is reporting that the all-new hybrid will feature solar panels on some of the high-end models that will power the electronics like the air conditioning.
The solar panels on the roof of the Prius will provide 2 to 5 kilowatts of electricity. Toyota is going to purchase the panels from Kyocera Corp.
It is rumored that the next Prius is going to be powered by a new 1.6L engine that will be more powerful and fuel efficient than the current generation. The “Hybrid Synergy Drive” system is going to also feature twin electric motors that are powered by nickel-metal hydride batteries.