in case, or not, please remember the guy who drove the "Solar Taxi" 40,000+ km
around the world. a small 2 seater EV, towing about a 30ft+ (~9-10m) trailor
with PV panels and a single heated battery.
On Friday, December 29, 2017, 10:42:02 PM EST, Mark Abramowitz via EV
SO much negativity on this list towards someone that just asked a simple
question, and acknowledged the challenges and issues up front.
Personally, I applaud the initiative and willingness to tilt at technological,
economic, and other assorted windmills.
As my Tai Kwon Do instructor used to
Small lightly loaded trailers with little wind resistance can add 50-80
Wh/mile. Taller/heavier trailers can double vehicle energy consumption.
On December 29, 2017 2:20:20 PM CST, Bill Dube via EV wrote:
>I agree 100%.
>Folks forget that it takes significant energy to tow
I agree 100%.
Folks forget that it takes significant energy to tow even a small
trailer. Much more than one would think. Probably more energy than the
panels produce, especially at highway speeds.
Best to leave them on the roof of your house, or put them on a "solar
shed" for your car to
> Personally, I think a mobile array for a vehicle is a fools errand, or
> maybe a pass-time for the independently wealthy.
Its sure is. I have solar panels all over the roof of my two priuses. I
tell people that it makes 0.1% economic sense to do it.
The smaller panels that fit the roof of