The Lightyear One electric car uses solar panels for a boost of energy

August 7, 2019 by  
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The new generation of electric cars is on its way with the Lightyear One, a vehicle capable of using solar energy to charge while on the road. Currently in the prototype phase, the solar panel-covered vehicle is due to hit the streets in 2021. The Lightyear One was developed by a group of designers deeply entrenched in the field of solar vehicles. The prior University of Eindhoven students won the World Solar Challenge race three times with their “Stella” solar cars before focusing on a retail, road-worthy version. Related: Toyota is testing a new Prius model that runs on solar power The sleek Italian design is sure to draw attention, especially with the 5 square meters of solar panels mounted to the roof and hood, an addition that draws enough power for 12kmh per hour, or about 7.5 miles per hour of additional charge. It doesn’t sound like much, and in travel terms, it’s not, but it’s a step toward a completely solar car. In reality, the solar panel boost isn’t going to be the main source of power, so it can be charged like a regular electric car, except a lot faster. The Lightyear One can handle 60kW of fast charging, providing it 507 km or 315 miles of charge per hour. Perhaps the area where the Lightyear One is really making headlines is the total range of around 450 miles without recharging. That well exceeds Tesla’s current record of around 370 miles with the Model S. Like the Tesla, the Lightyear One hopes to appeal to the sports car enthusiast with a lightweight and sleek design. Then, there’s the fact that it jumps from 0 to 60 in around 10 seconds. The high-performance and efficient qualities mean that any charging station can provide a faster charge in less time compared to the competition. Unlike Tesla and other electric car manufacturers, the price for the Lightyear One is out of reach for many consumers. The initial models are available for pre-sale now at a cost of around $135,000. If you’re not ready to commit, you can expect a $170,000 price tag when it hits the mainstream retail market. + Lightyear One Via The Verge Images via Lightyear One

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Sono Motors unveils the $18,000 SION solar-powered car

July 27, 2017 by  
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The dream of being able to commute to work in a solar-powered car is finally becoming a reality. Sono Motors just unveiled the SION solar-powered electric car that can travel up to 18 miles using nothing but energy from the sun. The best part is that the SION isn’t just for the wealthy, since it only costs 16,000 Euros (around $18,600) plus the cost of the battery, and it is packed with incredible features like built-in moss filtration, bi-directional charging and integrated solar panels. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sMMhO5kbVg Last year, Sono Motors, a German startup raised over $200,000 to bring the SION to life. Using 300 photovoltaic panels, the SION can store enough energy from the sun to travel up to 18 miles, but if you need to travel further, the SION can also be recharged using a standard outlet, like a conventional electric car. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can rent the car battery monthly, or purchase outright. Related: Lightyear unveils solar-powered car with a 500-mile driving range The Extender model starts at $16,000 Euros and has a driving range of 110 – 120 miles and can be quick-charged up to 80% in 40 minutes. Charging it up with the power of the sun will take half a day, but since Sono Motors says you can drive it to work for an 8-hour shift, the battery will be fully recharged thanks to the solar cells when you get off. With room for five passengers, you can bring the whole family along. A unique moss liner is integrated into the ventilation system that acts as a natural air filter to filter fine particles of dust from the air. There are also six airbags to keep everyone safe. Everything is controlled through the cockpit – a smart screen that shows your speed, battery level and everything else you need to run things smoothly. Repairs should be affordable, since Sono is releasing a repair manual and affordable parts along with the car. Sono Motors has also announced the addition of a new mobility system, called “goSono”. With the Sono App and the function of the bi-directional charging, you can use the vehicle as a mobile storage to power external devices, like generators while heading off the grid. Additionally the app makes it easy to offer make money with the SION by either renting it out through car sharing or by giving rides to other passengers, like Uber or Lyft . Sono Motors has already received interest from over 1,200 pre-orders for the SION, but the company is hoping to get that number to at least 5,000 before they can start production. The next step to get to the SION on the road is to get people behind the wheel, which will include unique test drive tours that will take place all over Europe. The first deliveries are expected to arrive in 2018. Images @Sono Motors + Sono Motors

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The world’s most efficient 5-seater car is powered entirely by the sun

June 27, 2017 by  
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A team of students at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) just unveiled an electric car that seats five and is completely powered by the sun. Called Stella Vie, the vehicle stands apart because it’s more efficient than all solar cars before it. Even with fewer solar panels on its roof, the car is capable of a range of about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) on a warm summer day. According to the students, Stella Vie is “the car of the future.” Charged by the sun, the solar-powered vehicle can reach speeds up to 130 km/h (80 mph) and it also contains new, smart technology such as a parking navigation system that takes into account the position of the sun when parking (so it can keep charging). Like a Tesla, Stella Vie also uses the latest technology to warn drivers of upcoming traffic events. This allows for safer and more efficient driving. According to TU/e, Stella Vie was designed to find the most efficient route and show how much energy can be saved compared to a standard, fossil fuel-powered car. Any surplus energy that is generated by the vehicle can be supplied back to a house or the electric grid . Additionally, the smart charging and discharging system keeps track of energy prices and daily use to find the best time to recharge and discharge. Related: Record-Breaking Solar Car Can Travel 98 Miles on 15 Cents Worth of Electricity All in all, 23 students worked together to develop the car which is competing to win TU/e’s third world title at the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge , which will take place this October in Australia . The competition requires the solar -powered cars to run 3,000 kilometers through the Australian outback. Stella Vie will compete in the Cruiser Class (for practical cars), where technical innovation, battery consumption and the number of occupants that can be transported are taken into account by judges. + TU/e Images via TU/e, Bart van Overbeeke

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Stanford Solar Car Project reveals its latest design – “Arctan”

August 4, 2015 by  
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The Stanford Solar Car Project has unveiled its Arctan solar car, which puts a decidedly modern spin on a classic design. Although they seem like artifacts from a ridiculously distant future , solar cars are actually quite old. The first solar car was invented by William Cobb in 1955 and solar car races have been held around the world since the early 1980s. With the Arctan, the Stanford Solar Car Project dusts off the cobwebs of an ancient utopian machine and makes it new. Read the rest of Stanford Solar Car Project reveals its latest design – “Arctan”

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China’s Hanergy to launch five new solar-powered cars this fall

February 5, 2015 by  
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One of the great ongoing discussions as electric cars gain in popularity revolves around the matter of how to ensure that the power source is as green as the vehicle. One Chinese solar company, Hanergy, thinks it has the answer—and in October of this year the company will roll out five new models of cars directly powered by rooftop solar panels . Read the rest of China’s Hanergy to launch five new solar-powered cars this fall Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aston martin , automaker , china , electric car , green car , green transportation , hanergy , hanergy holding , solar car , Solar Power , tesla , thin film solar

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World Solar Challenge Automotive Race Kicks Off in Australia!

October 17, 2011 by  
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37 teams from all over the world are making a go at this year’s World Solar Challenge , by traversing continental Australia in a solar vehicle. Teams need to cross 3,000 km of desert, from Darwin to Adelaide, in a single shot, relying on the sun for almost all the energy needed to make the journey. Rain and smoky conditions are making the race a real challenge by adding a layer complexity to the largest  solar car race in the world, but now on day two, Tokai University ( who won in 2009 ) is making headway with a speedster that can top out at 160 kmh. University of Michigan and the Dutch Nuon Solar Team are also hot contenders in this extraordinary test of engineering and resolve. Read the rest of World Solar Challenge Automotive Race Kicks Off in Australia! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fastest solar car , solar car , solar car Australia , solar car race leader , solar car technology , solar power car race , solar race , world solar challenge , World Solar Challenge Competition , world solar race

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Marcelo da Luz Pulls His Solar Car Across Ontario Instead of Driving It

April 19, 2011 by  
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When Marcelo da Luz was told he couldn’t drive his solar car across Ontario to complete his trans-Canadian tour, he saw an opportunity. Rather than give up, da Luz pulled the batteries and motor out of his solar car and proceeded to pull the car across the Canadian province on his own steam. After all, he had already driven the car across Canada’s ice roads and to the Arctic Circle and back.

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UpWind Has the Secrets to Building Wind Turbines That Will Power 20,000 Homes

April 19, 2011 by  
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A joint European project called UpWind has announced that new technologies will allow engineers and scientists need to start producing wind turbines with 20 megawatt (MW) capacities — that’s enough to power 16,000 to 20,000 homes with a single turbine.

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Planting Sugar Cane Can Lower Local Temperature by Almost Two Degrees

April 19, 2011 by  
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Researchers from the Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology have found that planting sugarcane on land previously occupied by other crops will cool the local area. It was found that the plant mimics the ability of natural vegetation to reflect sunlight back into the atmosphere and excrete cool water during the growing process. The study was executed in central Brazil where a lot of sugarcane has been planted for use as a biofuel , and it was found that fields of the sweet stuff had the ability to cool the local temperature by almost two degrees Fahrenheit

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Student-Designed Solar Car Smashes World Speed Record

January 7, 2011 by  
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At 10:30 this morning in Australia, the Sunswift IVy soared past the world record for the fastest solar car in the world, traveling at more than 88km/h. Designed and built by students at the University of New South Wales , the car is entirely powered by silicon solar cells and produces about 1200 watts — the same amount of power required to run a toaster. Judges from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand to award the Sunswift team its official certificate.

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