Toyota is reportedly still working on that Prius with solar panels (pictured above) to partially power its air conditioning, but now a secret has leaked that trumps that by a mile. Get this: The company's goal is to create a car that's totally solar powered. However, according to Japanese newspaper The Nikkei, Toyota's all-solar car will take years to get to market.
The report also hinted at the way the partially-solar Toyota would work, where solar panels on the car's roof would supplement electric power drawn from solar panels on a house's roof as the car charges in the garage, adding up to a mostly-solar-powered vehicle.
But for that all-solar car (will it be a Prius? Nah, it'll probably be more like the Toyota iQ) to become a reality, huge battery improvements and maybe even a couple of [insert miracle here] breakthroughs will be necessary. Years to get to market? Could be decades.