Solar Cars

Since EVs are out the window are Solar powered cars the future?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Maybe if you don't need to leave a city

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Cities are full of shade

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Okay I will bite the bait anon, what is the difference between this and an EV?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      good point they're both gay as frick kek

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        it's almost as if the oil industry is paying you, the sad part is it doesn't you're the one paying

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >the sad part is it doesn't you're the one paying
          lmao back to english class, chang.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      They're trying to keep it powered off the solar panels. There is an onboard battery, but it's very small and the over all vehicle weight is light.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The solar is not the main feature and they outright admit that. the efficiency is what allows for economical battery sizes but you can still pay up for a big battery that gives a ton of range.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Solar is part of the appeal. Cause theoretically city cucks can get range while it sits on the street, wont have to plug in often. and country f
          Boys can let it sit in the back yard for months without it dying. For people who don't drive alot, maybe mostly use it for the weekend its super convenient.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >charges itself, up to 40 miles a day (more than the average commuter drivers in a day)
      >up to 1000 miles range depending on options
      >lightweight (about 2200 lb)
      >nimble and fast as frick
      >right to repair

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Mostly that its a tri wheel motorbike, with all the benefits in weight savings that include.
      >what is the catch
      If they where competent it could have been on the market since 2007-2008, meaning its most likely a fricking vaporware scam.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        the 07 car was a gasoline hybrid, the new one is all electric and only really similar to the previous one in shape. the old company also got fricked by their board, the new company is headed and controlled by the people who had the original idea

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Do you think a solar powered car isn't an EV? How does it convert sunshine into movement?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      powered by vitamin d and happiness

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Since 2006. 19 + years is a damn long time to launch a product

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    “Is a much less effective charging system the future”

    Yea man for sure

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    they are if saftey regulations are drastically changed and ICE cars are banned and EVs have battery size limits per car lole.
    i would love a lightweight true solar EV. more EVs should have solar because its dirt-cheap

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Its hard to get panels shaped like a car or pod in this case, plus half of the car is usually going to be in the shade, so getting the voltage equalized across the panels and charging optimally is a challenge.

      Honestly, solar powered refrigerators on trucks/buses would make more sense cause trucks and buses are giant boxes nearly flat on all sides.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        there is hardware for optimal solar power extraction from panels already so thats no issue.
        the shape of the car is also pretty doable, roofs are no issue for solar at all already but i do think cars designed for optimal solar surface area would be extremely good.

        you are right about fridge-vans and buses etc tho. scania made a completely solar powered trcuk as an experiment. it seems to be a good idea in sunny countries. also sonor motors have changed business completely to only sell solar packages to buses

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Solar panels are practically required in modern cars because all the computers and electronics are constantly drawing power from the battery and will drain it very quickly unless they are driven or recharged often (once a week, at least).

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It doesn't really work that way. Modern vehicles will eventually go into a deep sleep mode where the standby drain will be tens of miliamps. This will take months to drain the battery. Their body control module and BMS will also prevent the battery from overdraining.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        what about in winter weather, seen a couple of vids of completley discharged teslas that they cant unlock. they need to some finicky thing to open the hood to charge it

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          That's just a Tesla thing. You don't have to do that on most normal vehicles.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I have that in my 90's car, but i've seen plenty of newer cars with dead batteries because of constant power draw, and i'm betting that it's because they want to make the cars "always connected" and ready to receive instructions through a phone, or have a software update over the internet, or constantly upload the car´s location and status to prevent it from being modified, or some other nonsense.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    A solar powered car is not going to really happen but a car with solar panels will be the norm in our lifetime. There are several prototypes out there that can charge around 10 miles per hour.

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