This 15-minute video [above] from the YouTube channel Electric Future takes a close look at the questions of where we are at in terms of integrating solar cells into cars and whether it is worth it to build solar technology into several thousand pound vehicles.
The conclusion: While we are a LONG way away from production sized vehicles being 100% solar-powered by way of solar cells integrated into vehicle bodies and structure it is worth it to continue to push forward with this integration particularly as solar technology evolves and improves and as battery technology also improves.
I definitely recommend watching this video. It’s informative, interesting and well made. 🙂👍
Here is a short summary of this Electric Future-produced video ==>
Electric cars and solar panels seem like a match made in heaven: free, clean power as long as the sun shines. A self reliant, solar car that’s not dependent on the power grid could recharge sustainably from anywhere you dare to venture.
So, have you ever wondered about bolting solar panels on your Tesla?
And why don’t all electric cars come equipped with solar panels for a sleek charge-on-the-go solution? In fact, with improving solar technology and clever ground-up engineering, a few self-charging solar cars are just at the point of coming to market. In this video we’ll delve into the practicalities of solar power for vehicles and have a look at some of the early adopters of this emerging technology.