New Solar Panels for Hybrid Cars Improve MPG

Dec 07, 2005, 00:00 ET from Solatec LLC

    WELLS, Nev., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Solatec LLC(TM) is pleased to
 introduce flexible, rooftop-mounted Solar Panels for Hybrid Vehicles, starting
 with a kit for the 2004-2006 Toyota Prius. The $2,195 kits will be available
 nationwide through dealer franchises.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051207/CLW504 )
     A prototype (pictured) has been operating in the Northeast for several
 months under mixed driving conditions. With Solatec panels installed on the
 roof, the prototype SolaPrius(R) averages 55 MPG city and 62 MPG highway - an
 overall 10 percent improvement over the pre-installation numbers.* All-season
 testing is in progress.
     Solatec's photovoltaic kit (patents applied for) adds two flexible,
 conformal panels that charge the hybrid automobile's auxiliary battery through
 a proprietary charger/current-limiter system concealed behind interior trim
 panels. The self-adhesive, rooftop-mounted panels are only 0.6mm thick and
 cause no change in aerodynamic drag.
     Development of the hybrid vehicle solar panels came about as a side
 project of Solatec LLC's solar aircraft research, which uses the same high
 efficiency flexible photovoltaic panels to sustain the aircraft in flight. The
 same aircraft grade adhesive is used on both systems.
     Kits for other hybrid cars are presently in development and testing.
 
     * Individual mileage can vary significantly depending on the driver's
 speed and acceleration technique.
 
     Installation franchises are currently available in most areas.
     For more information, see www.solatecllc.com.
     Solatec LLC is a Nevada company engaged in alternative energy research,
 development and manufacturing. Solatec's main areas of research currently
 include solar, wind power and geothermal energy.
 
 

SOURCE Solatec LLC
    WELLS, Nev., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Solatec LLC(TM) is pleased to
 introduce flexible, rooftop-mounted Solar Panels for Hybrid Vehicles, starting
 with a kit for the 2004-2006 Toyota Prius. The $2,195 kits will be available
 nationwide through dealer franchises.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051207/CLW504 )
     A prototype (pictured) has been operating in the Northeast for several
 months under mixed driving conditions. With Solatec panels installed on the
 roof, the prototype SolaPrius(R) averages 55 MPG city and 62 MPG highway - an
 overall 10 percent improvement over the pre-installation numbers.* All-season
 testing is in progress.
     Solatec's photovoltaic kit (patents applied for) adds two flexible,
 conformal panels that charge the hybrid automobile's auxiliary battery through
 a proprietary charger/current-limiter system concealed behind interior trim
 panels. The self-adhesive, rooftop-mounted panels are only 0.6mm thick and
 cause no change in aerodynamic drag.
     Development of the hybrid vehicle solar panels came about as a side
 project of Solatec LLC's solar aircraft research, which uses the same high
 efficiency flexible photovoltaic panels to sustain the aircraft in flight. The
 same aircraft grade adhesive is used on both systems.
     Kits for other hybrid cars are presently in development and testing.
 
     * Individual mileage can vary significantly depending on the driver's
 speed and acceleration technique.
 
     Installation franchises are currently available in most areas.
     For more information, see www.solatecllc.com.
     Solatec LLC is a Nevada company engaged in alternative energy research,
 development and manufacturing. Solatec's main areas of research currently
 include solar, wind power and geothermal energy.
 
 SOURCE  Solatec LLC