Audi’s new solar-roofed car expected by the end of 2017

August 24, 2017 by  
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The idea of a solar-powered car has been floating around for years, with many little-known companies promising to bring the concept to life. But now it may finally happen. Audi recently announced that it’s working on a solar-powered vehicle prototype that they expect to complete by the end of 2017. Audi has teamed up with Alta Devices, a division of the Chinese solar-cell specialist, Hanergy, to develop thin-film solar cells that can be integrated into a panoramic glass roof. The solar cells would then power the vehicle’s electrical systems, like the air-conditioning system or seat heaters, which would improve the range of an electric vehicle . The idea of solar-powered accessories isn’t entirely new: both Toyota and Nissan have also used the technology. Related: Sono Motors unveils the $18,000 SION solar-powered car The bigger news is that the two companies hope to improve the technology, so that the solar energy could directly charge an electric car’s battery. Audi hasn’t given a timetable for that capability, but the new solar cells have an efficiency of more than 25 percent. Audi also says the solar cells, which will be produced in California by Alta Devices , perform well in low light and high temperature conditions. “The range of electric cars plays a decisive role for our customers. Together with Hanergy, we plan to install innovative solar technology in our electric cars that will extend their range and is also sustainable,” stated Audi Board of Management Member for Procurement Dr. Bernd Martens. + Audi Images @Audi

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Dutch team dominates World Solar Challenge for the fifth time with sleek sun-powered racer

October 23, 2015 by  
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A team of university students from the Netherlands has won the most amazing race under the sun  – again. Every two years, the World Solar Challenge pits students from around the world against one another in a competition to build a solar-powered car capable of traveling across the harsh Australian outback. This marks the fifth win for the Dutch team, who has dominated this race since their first entry in 2001. Read the rest of Dutch team dominates World Solar Challenge for the fifth time with sleek sun-powered racer

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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , 2014 detroit auto show , automotive , c-max solar energi , Car Design , detroit auto show , eco car , electric car , electric vehicle , ev , Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept , green cars , green technology , green transportation , hybrid car , NAIAS , NAIAS 2014 , north american international auto show , photovoltaic car , renewable energy , solar powered car , sustainable transportation        

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Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California

January 13, 2014 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock MidAmerican Solar and SunPower have announced that the first portion of one of the largest solar power plants in the United States is now feeding into the California independent service operator (ISO) grid. The photovoltaic Solar Star project, a co-located facility in Kern and Los Angeles Counties, is currently supplying 57MW to the grid, and will ultimately provide enough electricity to power 255,000 homes when all 579MW goes online in 2015 . Read the rest of Massive 579MW Solar Star Power Plant Goes Online in California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , California , green energy , iso , kern county , Los Angeles , Los Angeles County , mid american renewables , midamerican solar , photovoltaics , renewable energy , San Luis Obispo , solar , Solar Power , solar power plant , solar star , sunpower        

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Audi Unveils Allroad Shooting Brake Hybrid at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2014 by  
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P-Mob Solar-Powered Electric Car Receives €2.8 Million in Funding

August 15, 2013 by  
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Currently solar-powered vehicles remain a distant dream for electric vehicle fans. One of the biggest hurdles is the fact that the current on-board solar panels don’t produce enough power to supply the needs of a standard EV – but the new P-Mob electric car prototype may change that. The P-Mob city car prototype is currently being developed by six European companies, and it has been awarded €2.8 million in funding. Read the rest of P-Mob Solar-Powered Electric Car Receives €2.8 Million in Funding Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: automotive , electric cars , green car , green transportation , p-mob electric car , p-mob solar powered car , Solar Power , solar powered car        

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Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car!

July 5, 2013 by  
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The Netherlands’ Solar Team Eindhoven just unveiled Stella, the world’s first solar-powered family car! The team comprises a group of 22 students who want to show the world that a family car that runs on solar energy is a real possibility today. The four-passenger vehicle is not only powered by the sun, but it also features new technologies that make it many times lighter and more efficient than today’s cars. Read the rest of Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electric car , energy-positive car , green car , Solar Power , solar powered car , Solar Team Eindhoven , Stella solar-powered car , world solar challenge        

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VIDEO: Solar Powered Chariot Robot Brings Ancient Rome and Green Technology Together

January 3, 2012 by  
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The Maker Faire is a place where weird and wacky inventions are welcomed and championed, which is surely why Bob Schneeveis and Grant Grundler decided to debut their crazy  solar powered electric chariot there. The chariot is a modern-day renewably powered take on the ancient Roman cart which is pulled around by a roller blading robot who glides with the greatest of ease. Video of the chariot in action after the jump. Lead image by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid Read the rest of VIDEO: Solar Powered Chariot Robot Brings Ancient Rome and Green Technology Together Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , green energy , green invention , green technology , green transportation , renewable energy , solar invention , solar powered car , solar powered chariot , solar powered robot , solar powered vehicle , solar robot , solar transportation , wacky green , weird green

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Yves Béhar Unveils New Hackable Solar Electric Car!

February 26, 2010 by  
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Yesterday, at the Greener Gadgets conference in NYC , prolific industrial designer Yves Béhar unveiled never before seen plans for his “hackable” solar powered electric car . While Béhar and his design studio Fuse Project are not new to transportation design , this next project will be very different from the Mission One electric motorcycle in that it will be designed specifically for the developing world.

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