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ELEKTRO 7/2019 was released on June 26th 2019. Its digital version will be available on July 26th 2019.

Topic: Cables, conductors and cable engineering, Tools, equipment and accessories for work with cables

Main Article
Asset management and diagnostic needs in Industry 4.0

SVĚTLO (Light) 3/2019 was released on June 11th 2019. Its digital version will be available on July 15th 2019.

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Euroluce 2019 by designers eyes
Exhibition Light in architecture 2019
Amper 2019 in capture of sophisticated technologies

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Lighting glass from Kamenný pahorek

Toyota starts testing high-efficiency solar cells for electric cars

08.07.2019 | Electrek | www.electrek.co

Toyota announced that it is starting to test new high-efficiency solar cells to be used on electric cars that could potentially boost the range by 35 miles (56 km) of range per day.

Over the years, Toyota has been trying to incorporate onboard solar panels in its electric car strategy. It was originally an option in the Prius, but it was only a 50-watt panel used to help run the AC fans and things like that. In 2016, the Japanese automaker brought back a $2,000 solar roof option for its new Prius plug-in hybrid and this version of the system was a little more powerful at 180 watts.

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It could actually feed the battery pack used to power the car on electric-only, but it would only add a few miles. Now Toyota has partnered with NEDO and Sharp to start public road trials that will aim to “assess the effectiveness of improvements in cruising range and fuel efficiency of electrified vehicles equipped with high-efficiency solar batteries.” The vehicle is equipped with extremely efficient solar cells that Toyota claims can convert solar power at a 34% rate.

Read more at Electrek

Image Credit: Toyota

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Published: 23.07.2019