Sunday, February 14, 2016


Toyota Japan has introduced a new type of paint, as an option on the new Prius, which will reduce the amount of solar heat the car will absorb. The option costs about an additional $380 and has been dubbed, "Thermo-Tect Lime Green".

Here's how it works. Most car paint contains particles of carbon black (no matter what the actual paint color is). This carbon black is very good at absorbing heat from sun thus heating your vehicle up. In ThermoTect paint, Totoya has replaced the carbon black with titanium oxide and the new paint reflect most solar heat than most. Toyota claims that the new paint reflects more sun than their standard white paint.

Now, say what you will about the "Lime Green" part of Thermo-Tect paint but do know that Toyota could use this titanium oxide base with any color thus making it more reflective to solar heat, or so the theory goes.

While lots of outlets have no love for the green, I like it.

And to be clear, for now, this option is only available in Japan. So you'll only confuse your dealer if you ask for it here.

I've included some of the graphics from the Toyota Japan press release for those of you who like graphics or read Japanese.