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This kind of thing is useful, because some people (more likely companies or institutions keen to show a 'green' image for PR purposes) will buy them, regardless of payback.

Their experience of this (and PHEV etc) will then filter down to Toyota etc who may one day take notice.

If the 2008/9 Prius emerges with a 3 kWh LiIon battery pack as some insiders expect, then it will be trivial to install an optional solar panel on the roof. Notably, both Toyota and Honda are investing in thin-film solar technologies and Honda have gone as far as to suggest one day putting it on cars. When PHEVs are mainstream, this kind of thing will be easy-peasy.
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I think the solar panel molded to the roof curves is pretty cool. Looks nice. Can't tell how they delt with the extra thickness along the edges in the photos though. That could take a lot away from the looks. There are "roll up" solar panels available. They can be glued to boat decks and walked on! They've been available for 5 years or so, so this companies claims are a bit overstated.

I have a small solar panel that I can use in a vehicle, just to maintain full charge of the 12V battery, of course. I just sit it on the dash (being sure to park facing south), and plug it in to my power tap. Well, by small I mean it's 14"x14". Puts out only 300 mA as it's amorphous silicone, not the high efficiency single crystal type. But it was free, so I'm not complaining.

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