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Posted by Randy on August 31, 2009, 10:02 am

Why is it that the optional solar panel in the 2010 Prius is used to power
the A/C  and not to charge the main battery pack?

Posted by Michelle Steiner on August 31, 2009, 3:06 pm

It doesn't power the A/C; it powers a small exhaust fan.  It's not powerful
enough to power the A/C, nor to charge the traction battery.

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Posted by Was Istoben on August 31, 2009, 9:05 pm

I'm not positive about this but I think it just runs a fan to circulate
outside air through the car to maintain an interior temperature roughly
equal to the interior.  On a sunny,  105 degree day in Phoenix the interior
would probably be around 110 instead of 140.

Posted by Peter Granzeau on September 3, 2009, 12:04 am

On Mon, 31 Aug 2009 16:05:51 -0500, "Was Istoben"

Nest, the need to figure out a way to make the windshield opaque when
the car is turned off, so the steering wheel doesn't get so hot it
raises blisters when you need to use it to drive the car.

Posted by John Oliver on September 3, 2009, 12:51 am


People in Australia use sunshades

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