There are now a handful of cars that boast some added trim: solar panels. But just how much of a boost are these roof-mounted solar panels providing? Hyundai’s Sonata Hybrid is one such model, and the company claims its shiny photovoltaic top could give the car an additional 808 miles of travel each year. That sounds significant, but that’s just 2.2 extra miles a day. And to get that boost the car needs to spend six hours each day soaking up some relatively unadulterated rays. But the holy grail in this game is an electric vehicle that can cut the power cord entirely. In an attempt to chase this dream, Toyota has partnered with Sharp and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan (NEDO) to develop a Prius that could “run forever,” Bloomberg reports.
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