1967 Toyota 2000GT gets solar powered electric drivetrain


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The 1967 Toyota 2000GT is a true and rare classic of which only 351 units were ever made. One of the remaining cars was sold at Pebble Beach last year for a whopping $647,000 and since the engine and parts were nowhere close to the original form and shape, folks at Toyota Automotive Lovers Association, turned the beast green with an all-electric solar-powered drivetrain.

Now including some parts of the Lexus LS600h hybrid, the green variant churns out 181hp when powered by a 40kWh lithium-ion battery. The converted vehicle has a top speed of about 85mph, much less than the original which could zoom around at 124mph. Unfortunately, the vehicle’s green and interesting features end right here.

Car and Driver reports that the vehicle, which has solar cells on the hood and the rear window, takes two weeks to fully charge the onboard battery on solar energy. Even when hooked up to a 240V wall socket, the battery needs 12 hours worth of electrons.

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