An intro to solar-charged driving

Solar-charged driving has been around for awhile. That’s not surprising, given that all it really takes is solar panels somewhere producing electricity and a battery powered vehicle, whose batteries are charged by electricity produced by the sun. Imagine a tiny, remote controlled, battery-powered car and a tiny solar panel with a tiny inverter. Plug your remote-controlled car into the solar-recharger and, voila, in a little while you’re running it on the sun. It’s that easy — and at a general level (meaning above the level of the engineering of a car, batteries themselves, etc.) — that simple. In the articles in the section, we give you the basic information that you need to get started.

Solar-charged driving as easy as 1-2-3

A good friend of mine and I were about halfway into a three-hour brainstorming session for SCD.Com in July of 2009 when he turned to me and asked: “I must be dense or something, but I’m still not quite sure what solar-charged driving is. Can you run it by me again?”

Political reasons to solar-charge an EV

For far too long, far too many people have claimed renewable energy is “impractical,” “too costly,” and that it simply “can’t” be done. What they really mean, of course, is that it “shouldn’t be” done, or that...