2010 Toyota Prius: Solar Powered Ventilation System

A guide to the Solar Powered Ventilation System in the 2010 Prius.

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  1. #1 by rayn1988 at June 30th, 2009

    Hmm does the upcoming Volt have this feature lol.

  2. #2 by 4tracked at July 4th, 2009

    I want two

  3. #3 by jnoe127 at July 13th, 2009

    I just traded in my 07 Mercedes E class for the 2010 Prius IV. I must say I love my Prius, I can see why people who have owned a Prius brag about it. I don’t have any complaints about the car, other than they run out fast, so you’re limited on the color and base option. I am happy with my decision.

  4. #4 by HorrorPixieMassacre at July 14th, 2009


  5. #5 by MegaMaster456 at July 15th, 2009

    Maybe the Next Prius will charge the batteries using Solar Power.

  6. #6 by tgamirov at July 24th, 2009

    And use Peltier elements to actually cool the air?

  7. #7 by DonHoraldo at July 24th, 2009

    what the hell? we have cheap durable solar panels that could be used to help power the car and they put that tiny panel up there to vent the car. if you ask me the original should have come with a place to plug it in and $200 worth of solar panels on the roof. that’s 3400W or for every hour you have the car in the sun you don’t need to run to gas engine for 5 minutes. that comes to a savings of $375 a year, meaning the extra expense wouldn’t last 12 months.

  8. #8 by PineappleOranges at July 25th, 2009

    What about interior noise level in comparison to your old Merc(both highway and city)?

  9. #9 by jnoe127 at July 27th, 2009

    Both are quiet, so it’s about the same… except the engine on the Prius is really quiet. I mean you can still hear it, but it’s definitely more quiet than some other engines. Which can be a negative for some guys, considering that some like to hear that engine rev. I also read an article that Japan is considering making the engine louder because some pedestrians are having a hard time hearing it. I mean you definitely can hear it, but it’s just different… best advice is to test drive one.

  10. #10 by screamingservers at August 1st, 2009

    It could work if there were more batteries, and the car was covered in solar panels. As it sits. the Prius motor is 60KW, (pedal to the medal) The batteries are only 1.3kwh, thats 78kwMinutes. So you could never charge more than a couple minutes on the stock batteries. Even if you could. It would take a HIGHLY efficient 5ft by 3ft panel to put out around 200w, which would give you about 7 hours to charge for a couple minutes pedal to the medal (maybe 5 minutes that you mention of real driving).

  11. #11 by DonHoraldo at August 1st, 2009

    and with current gas prices like I said that adds up to $375/year. OK lets say 1/2 the days it rains so $187.5.

  12. #12 by PhotoMedia12 at August 8th, 2009

    thats cool

  13. #13 by Tikmondo at August 14th, 2009

    I like the innovations coming out of Toyota. but in this case i think a much simpler, cheaper and more effective solution would be a a standard windshield sun reflector. If Toyota could make a standard sun reflector that is easy to put up would probably cool the car by as much 40 degrees without the extra complexity.

  14. #14 by rommelfcc at September 6th, 2009

    The solar roof was originally intended to assist in charging the vehicle’s battery, but the system was configured to only power ventilation when it was found that the battery-charging configuration created electromagnetic interference that affected the radio.
    Multi million dollar company dose not know how to fix this??? ya just want to slap them.

  15. #15 by rommelfcc at September 6th, 2009

    Why are car builders so hard to do things right
    why did it take sooo long to get the plugin hybrid?
    why are the new e-mini’s only being leased and not bought?????
    why the hell is mercedes benz trying to launch hydrogen fuel cells when it cost more to convert the dangerous gas to put in your car?
    Any one remember the hindenburg disaster?
    and yeah looks like they could have fitted another panel under the moon move
    car companies “backwards into the future”

  16. #16 by rommelfcc at September 6th, 2009

    I agree no car manufacturer has brought out any kind of protection for your car even a pop out plastic (Probably 2 layers of plastic with a alloy foil layer between them) pulled and clipped over the roof and windows would be a huge improvement and cheep! And what the hell cut a hole in it for the solar panel, would probably add 10 or 20 years of life to your interior

  17. #17 by malbert34 at September 13th, 2009

    But again this system is only useful on really hot days, otherwise I tend to always have the heater on, instead of the air conditioning. So really, this system should have been used to boost the hybrid battery.

  18. #18 by Sonyoooo3 at September 20th, 2009

    that is nice making the car inside cold this can save a dog or a child life but many normal car dont have water inside.

  19. #19 by edstar83 at October 17th, 2009

    You want to ventilate the car open the freaking windows i’d hack that bitch to charge the batteries!

  20. #20 by jimmycoolcap at November 21st, 2009

    tried it. Down here in florida the ventalations sytem doesn’t displace nearly enough air to cool down the passanger compartment don’t waste your money. Cool Cap tm Heat Blocking Car Covers work great!

  21. #21 by kkjgg112391 at December 24th, 2009

    solar panels until today haven’t improve it’s efficency. solar cells currently have only 22-34% efficiency rating and have very limited life span.

    Even if toyota could make use of them, the solar cells produce very little power to affect the driving system. thus, it can only power the fan. inefficient for it’s size and weight.

  22. #22 by fetymann at January 14th, 2010

    why would they put tinted glass over the solar panels? Seems like it’s hampering their efficiency.

  23. #23 by jalit at January 26th, 2010

    Funny how they don’t let you use the panels to charge the batteries. Only hightens conspiracy theories with oil companies.

  24. #24 by damnedsewerrat at February 1st, 2010

    @jalit yes if you want to drive for 0,0001 kilometer maybe the panels would be useful

  25. #25 by damnedsewerrat at February 1st, 2010

    @malbert34 giving you all the extra-power needed for driving an extra-distance of 0,000001 km.. that would be absolutely awesome.. you are not at engineering faculty do you?

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