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    PV Panel Usage

    I have heard or read that the new Prius with the roof PV panel is strictly used to power either a fan or AC unit for cooling the car/batteries. Can anyone confirm this?

    I think the fact that your car's inside will be more comfortable even after sitting in the sun all day is great and I have read that keeping the batteries from over heating is important but I would imagine that some of the power can also be feed to the batteries from time to time as well.

    Anyone have details?

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    Yes its

    Yes its true.

    http://www.engadget.com/2009/01/13/n...keep-car-cool/

    I've read that because the battery fans vent into the cabin of the car, its best if the cabin's temperature is in the 70s for proper operation of the hybrid system.

    I have a 2009, so I don't have the solar panels. On one hand I think they are a little frivolous seeing as they only power the AC. On the other hand, when I get in my car on a 100F day and I kick on the AC and it is running on max and I'm still driving in the city, my hybrid battery runs down really fast.

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