The Solar Car Revolution Could Change EVs Forever



Engineers are one step closer to harnessing the Sun to power your next car, giving the auto industry renewed interest in solar. In other words, the solar powered car revolution is coming.

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For centuries now, countless inventors and innovators have tried to harness the power of the Sun. And today, the dream of using solar energy to power transportation is pushing automotive technology to its limits.

But building a practical solar car–one that can actually compete with fossil fuel vehicles and today’s EVs–has never really seemed possible. Until now.

You may have already seen solar cars with similar out-of-this-world designs before. But these vehicles aren’t just attention-grabbing concept cars or experimental solar racers built for competition. These cars are designed and engineered for the everyday commute.

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“Aptera Motors, a California company whose name comes from the ancient Greek for “wingless,” is rolling out the first mass-produced solar car this year. It’s a three-wheel, ultra-aerodynamic electric vehicle covered in 34 square feet of solar cells. The car is so efficient that, on a clear day, those cells alone could provide enough energy to drive about 40 miles — more than twice the distance of the average American’s commute.”

The Lightyear One is a prototype ‘solar car’ with 450 miles of range

“Lightyear has unveiled the first prototype of the Lightyear One, an electric vehicle covered in solar panels that it plans to start delivering to consumers in 2021.”

Global sales of electric cars accelerate fast in 2020 despite pandemic

“Global sales of electric cars accelerated fast in 2020, rising by 43% to more than 3m, despite overall car sales slumping by a fifth during the coronavirus pandemic. Tesla was the brand selling the most electric cars, delivering almost 500,000, followed by Volkswagen.”

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40 comments

  1. If LGChem improves into a multi-purpose design of their polycrystalline solar panel efficiency that’s made specifically for EVs/Hybrids while adding radio antenna source capabilities, can be a game changer in creating the first open moonroof/solar cover system can be an reliable option providing 60-100 miles of extra battery charging capability and a game changer on design supporting the bridge to a Shared Super Charging Infrastructure if made standard in all EV/Hybrid models.

  2. As for electric cars instead of plugging them in every time when the batteries is low, why not put a generator hooked up to the back drive wheels by a drive pulley belt or some type of shaft to the back wheels and the generator wires connected to the batteries as of a voltage box to keep the batteries fully charged while driveing and the batteries will never run out of power. That's my suggestion to an electric car manfactures.

  3. The entire car has less drag than the side mirror on an F-150. That pretty much sums up out country's lifestyle .

  4. I am not watching, why bother? I am sure this is yet another electric car I, and most of the worlds population, cannot afford.

  5. They want to make the car extra light. So what happens when a big SUV runs in to it? I’m not sure that’s the safety way to go.

  6. That Dutch savant aspie kind of has to sell the scam to potential consumers. The commercial bullsharks around him let him exactly not say what is the real deal here. Quite obviously.

  7. I would love to see coverage of the effort of the automative industry to make electric bicycles and bicycle companies making electric cars!

  8. Here in the northeast where keeping your vehicle from freezing over half the year by parking in your heated garage defeats the purpose of solar if you're not always leaving it outside.

  9. 6:34 I share the same view building my future house, I don't want my house to look like "Big Brick" or Box Shape. I know my house won't drive, but I think about nature's elements. Most house built with blocks looks the same. I want something different in my home design.

  10. Imagine needing to keep it clean all the time while keeping it outdoors, otherwise the solar cells don't get to recharge efficiently.

  11. Less ‘forget EVs’ and more ‘think EVs but batteries + solar panels + weight deduction and air flow efficiency’ would be great. Combining batteries and solar panels together would likely be great for having a smaller lighter battery with longer range. Plus getting these on trucks would probably be a big deal considering they want to go the distance while having as light a battery as possible.

  12. Looks like something a strong wind gust could tip over. How fast can they go? And does it wanna rise when goin top speed?

  13. Who wants to park in the sun ☀️. I thought we have to plant more trees 🌳 to help fight with global warming. I would rather park under a shade tree or a solar power roof and just plug 🔌 in my EV. I know there has to be a way to charge the batteries on a EV car while driving just like a alternator does on a gasoline engine then you have unlimited range. I know they never will cause government can’t make extra tax money if you never had to charge your vehicle or very little.

  14. I love this stuff but, how safe are they? Especially the apterra. It looks to me like it's as safe as a motorcycle Especially considering tge size of american pickup trucks

  15. Or ya know, trains exist, public transportation.
    Safer, cleaner, more efficient, less traffic.
    Seriously do people just forget that we have trains?

  16. @seeker look into this, i have known about this and i have seen the experiment that they did in california with the first solar car. The next part is to 3-D print wind turbines for better energy generation. The vehicle would be able to generate approximately 30% of the energy of the wind and if you put it along specific points on a car that the cars body will funnel the air to and create turbulence. This would be a wonderful asset for any vehicle enthusiast that wants to save the environment. There is more to this but this post is long enough

  17. Its a looong way before panel efficiency reaches the point of this being feasible.
    Do you want to cook in there without AC?

  18. Obviously they have not seen Teslas limits. This car is useless if there's no sun and if battery's are not huge then no night driving

  19. commercial ad that dont even speak of the most important things like price ? Autonomy ? Safety ? Payload ? Speed ? Rare earth in solar panel ? still need battery ? And what if you leave in cloudy climat ? How to product that on a large scale ? Etc ……just dream and try to attract investor… Im for eletric vehicule, it s just that selling dream dont help and my BS meter sound alarm every minute of this video. This dream need breaktrough tech in some much way, For ex : better solar panel is not enough (10% better), revoluitonary solar panel (3 time better). So nice tech research but just that, no revolution…in 50 years it could become something commercial, maybe.
    An electric bike is more revolutionary.

  20. sloce the tech but the price will be high and its a very ugly car , until you make this tech the same price as the ave sedan and actually looks like a normal car ,most people wont buy

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