You can't use standard heavy panels.  You must use cells configured properly 
and self encapsulate using special plastic heat shrink and a hot air gun. They 
must be integrated into the roof of the vehicle.  I've seen it done.  This is 
much lighter and makes for a working solar vehicle.  Encapsulation must be done 
or the cells will degrade in the natural environment.  It is also more 
aerodynamic to use special encapsulation. A practical solar vehicle can be 
manufactured.  It's just a matter of time before it's done. Tesla sponsors the 
Cruiser class at the World Solar Challenge.  A future Tesla solar vehicle I bet 
is in the planning stages.  I'd be surprised if it wasn't. Many top Tesla 
people were on the Stanford Solar Team.
   Lawrence Rhodes
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