I have been driving my (currently still Hybrid) SOULARone.com car around for a couple of weeks now and I often hear that powering a car strictly on solar power is not feasible.
In 1960 a PhD. Professor made a Solar Panel which was added on top of a 1912 Baker Electric car for it’s sole source of power. In 1960, he toured both the United States and Europe with a 1910’s Baker Electric automobile which he had outfitted with a panel of solar cells as an advertisement for International Rectifier Corporation.
Here is the Youtube link: https://youtu.be/Lxdct_aLWEo
- I would agree that by today’s standards of going 70 mph and racing to the next stop light in town that indeed it wouldn’t make it very far.
- It will take being conscientious of how I am accelerating and optimizing my speed for range.
- AIR DRAG on any vehicle is directly proportional to the Velocity Squared (V2 ) of that vehicle. That means that by going 1mph to 2mph the Air Drag is 4 times more. So why do we drive at 70 mph versus the 55mph from the 70’s?
Driving 55 mph saves gas. While vehicles reach optimal fuel economy at different speeds, gas mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 50 miles per hour (mph). For light-duty vehicles, for example, every 5 mph you drive over 50 mph is like paying $0.17 more per gallon of gas (based on the price of gas at $2.39 per gallon).
- WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR MENTALITY ABOUT HOW WE PARTICIPATE ON THIS PLANET…
- 60 YEARS LATER… and we still believe Mainstream Media and Corporate Hype…