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Use of a Solar panel in hybrid cars

Can any hybrid car, include a solar strip over the body where ever possible, and changing the body paint/ design to match the color/design of the panels.
Doing so, the electric usage may be increased when compared to not using solar power.
There by increasing the mileage from 50 mpg to something higher.
This also be more greener than a normal hybrid will be.
Feasibility : Yes
Issues : any?,
if in garage ( no problem) - has oil
while running under a tunnel - still uses oil or stored electricity.
Cost: Little higher when compared to new cars on market, may become marginal when produced in mass.
Sustailability: Yes.
Green: Yes, reduces CO2 emission

  • Jul 13 2013: Thanks for the link ted friend. I was exactly thinking this perspective.
    As in that link the fuel economy was increased by atleast 40%.
    I couldn't get cost benefit analysis but if vehicle manufacturer could produce some limited editions it might be just few hundreds additional but can market saying 65mpg!. Hope it is significant!
  • Jul 14 2013: There is a new company, with an owner named Rob Cotter who had been a performance engineer in European auto manufacturers, is already planning to sell an electric car with solar energy mixed in. The car is called ELF. The car has an electric motor with 1 hp (750 watt) with a lithium ion battery. However, the top speed is only 20 mph and the range of a fully charged battery is 30 miles.(adding a spare battery will double the range.)
    You can Google search by the company name of ORGANIC TRANSIT in Durham, NC.
    I also posted a suggestion of a "3-mode electric car" with solar energy in TED Discussion. In my view, such a car could be more robust, and if you hook up two such cars together, then the driving range could be nearly comparable with the gasoline powered vans.
  • Jul 13 2013: @james thanks for ur comment. I too aware of inefficiencies of solar energy.
    Sure they can't standalone. But it can be additional. As ted friend said and I too had that thought about, to club home inverters, to include solar increas, standby hours . at current solar generations we could think them as just anciliary. May be next generations may be better and could be fit for standalone as we already in necessity of alternate energy
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      Jul 13 2013: So here's what I think you should do.

      I know the benefits of solar panels and I get that you wanted to make it additional. But what people want to know then is this.

      How much MORE of an impact will this addition do? How much value does it add? How much value does it cost? How much better is this addition comparatively to other solutions?

      And when answering those questions, make it into a story!
      I want to hear your story of why this idea is so good! Not so much data and numbers.
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    Jul 13 2013: I've heard that solar panels are kind of inefficient in terms of quantity of energy you get from it. I have no idea about the science.

    I think how to judge this is probably a comparison between costs and benefits. What I want to know about this concept is...

    How is implementing the solar panels better than what's already out there? How is it worse?

    If you were trying to pitch this to some car company CEO, they'd probably ask, would the value of this concept outweigh the cost of ditching everything else?

    They'd LOVE to hear if it's cheaper, better, and more efficient, and it has a low production cost than their competition.

    You got this, bro. :)
  • Jul 13 2013: I haven't run the numbers but look at the tiny amount of energy one would get from the surface of the car. Suppose you have created a friction problem.