According to the Associated Press, the futuristic car is years away

from reaching the market but is expected to get some of its power from


solar cells placed on the vehicle and the rest from solar panels on the

rooftop of the home where the car is parked.

At its factory in Japan, Toyota has already been using rooftop solar

panels to produce enough electricity to power 500 homes. The system

cuts 740 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions off Toyota’s carbon

footprint annually.

To further the rumours, Toyota’s partner in developing and producing

hybrid batteries – Panasonic Corp – is scheduled to complete a takeover

of Japanese rival Sanyo Electric Co, a leader in solar energy, next

year. That is expected to heighten Toyota’s strength in producing solar


Furthermore, the green car manufacturer of the year, according to

voters at, has begun experimenting with solar

panels on top of a ship carrier for auto exports.

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