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Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid with optional solar roof

Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid
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D The roof of the Prius plug-in hybrid can now be covered with large areas of solar cells - Toyota is offering this option with immediate effect. The nominal output of the solar panels is 180 watts, which under optimal conditions enables electricity for an additional five kilometers of travel per day. On average, the Japanese assume an increase in range of 1,000 kilometers per year - that would be a little more than 2.7 additional kilometers per day.

Reduces fuel consumption

The vehicle battery can be depleted within eight days Charge to 80 percent of its capacity, which should be enough for 40 kilometers of all-electric travel. The electricity obtained from the sunlight first flows into an intermediate storage battery before it gets into the traction battery by means of a charge pump that increases the voltage.

The optional solar roof should be able to gain energy for up to 1,000 kilometers more range per year.

During the journey, the solar cells charge the twelve-volt battery, which relieves the on-board network and thus lowers fuel consumption - according to Toyota, this increases the efficiency of the hybrid system by up to three percent.

More Solar area in planning

Toyota already had a solar roof for its predecessor of the current Prius as an option. There, the solar cells generated electricity for the fans, which helped, especially when the car was parked, to lower the interior temperatures in midsummer. The Japanese are currently testing solar panels for the bonnet and tailgate in order to generate even more solar energy. What is an option at Toyota should be enough for a whole car at others: From the idea of ​​using almost the entire body as a solar surface, tries for example the MunichStartup Sono to build his Auto Sion .

While driving, the solar roof charges the twelve-volt battery, which relieves the on-board network and thus lowers fuel consumption.

The optional solar roof for the current Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid costs 2,924 euros.

Prius with plug now has five seats

As part of the facelift, the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid will above all be more practical. Central change: A passenger can now also sit in the middle, which makes the previously four-seater part-time Stromer a five-seater. In addition, new, according to Toyota, higher quality fabrics are used in the interior. The previously white surfaces are now black. For example, the decorative elements on the steering wheel and gear selector lever are new.

The Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid now has five seats.

New Body colors, better equipment

On the subject of black: the new color 'deep black mica metallic' is now available for the body. If you like it more colorful, you can use the pomegranate red metallic paint instead. In addition, Toyota is offering redesigned 17-inch wheels as an option that costs 800 euros.

On top of that, Toyota is rearranging the equipment. The basic version, which costs at least 37,200 euros, now has the Toyota Safety Sense safety system, the latest generation of the Toyota Touch & Go multimedia and navigation system, matrix LED headlights, a reversing camera, keyless go and aTwo-zone automatic air conditioning with passenger detection. The middle equipment line Comfort is available from 38,150 euros. It also offers a head-up display, a blind spot warning and a reversing assistant. The ability to park automatically is available as an option here. In the top Executive version (from 41,750 euros) this is free of charge, as is black leather upholstery, a music system with ten loudspeakers and a 360-degree camera.

Solar roof should bring up to 5 extra kilometers

Technically everything stays the same. This means that the Prius plug-in hybrid continues to combine an electric and a 1.8-liter petrol engine into a 122-hp drive train. Its 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery should enable a purely electric range of 55 kilometers; In EV mode, the Prius drives a maximum of 135 km /h. According to the WLTP standard, fuel consumption is 1.2 liters and power consumption is 10 kilowatt hours per 100 kilometers. Those who opt for the now available solar roof can still optimize the values ​​(2,050 euros extra compared to the Comfort model). This should allow the electric range to be extended by up to five kilometers per day, depending on the weather.


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