I agree that Solar vehicles are practical in certain applications. The
ability to charge and move in remote areas without relying upon any
external infrastructure is very appealing to a certain audience. Just look
at the explosive growth (pun not intended) in home battery storage, no one
thought that owning and maintaining a home pack would be attractive to so
many. Creating and storing your own energy didn't sound practical for homes
on paper, so why can't it work for vehicles?
My Solar Firefly (link below) certainly wasn't built for the ocean or even
a lake larger than few miles long. It is very odd looking and considered
fugly by most. But it works great on my 1.5 mile long lake where a sailboat
wouldn't be practical. It has done so for 6 years now and no one will
argue its the best boat to fish off- especially the 5 gentlemen I had on
the other day that caught 26 Bass!
Not every car owner drives their vehicles every day- many only once or
twice a week. Plenty of daylight time to charge a pack for a couple
commutes. Like Willie said It's these niche few that will drive mainstream
adoption tomorrow even when it's not practical today for most.
On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 3:30 PM, Willie via EV <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 09/27/2017 09:01 PM, EVDL Administrator via EV wrote:
>> Maybe you can do it as a hobbyist project. I don't see it as a viable
>> produced commercial product for a long time yet, if ever.
>> It would have to be competitive with current vehicles at initial
>> price, because that's all most buyers see.
>> Also, it can't be too odd-looking. Anything based on the Stella Lux
>> that one right off.
> Most here have been advocates of conversions for many years. That is
> despite the obvious impracticality of conversions: batteries worth
> $thousands that last ~10k miles or a few years. Useful ranges of 30-40
> miles. VERY low reliability and high maintenance. Yet we are justifiably
> proud that we have led the way to the current factory cars that have few to
> none of those problems.
> I do not see why at least mostly solar powered cars can not follow the
> same path. I'm willing to contribute to the demand; I am a prospective
> customer. I would love to be offered a car or RV BEV that could go 200
> miles and add 50 miles of solar per day.
> I do not care what it looks like. Form follows function. Beauty is in
> the eye of the beholder.
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