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123gts 06-23-2017 07:49 PM

Fully Solar Powered Electric VW Bus
 
Found an interesting VW BUS Electric conversion. Thought I would post it on here for anyone that has not seen it.

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Would love to see what kind of range this would get with better batteries. Never seen anyone build an EV that could recharge itself with solar panels mounted on the vehicle.

123gts 06-24-2017 12:37 AM

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Originally Posted by Old Tele man (Post 543750)
Great milage...but lousy erodynamics while driving (wink,wink).

True but you could do some areo work like a boat tail etc. Its also a trade off of aerodynamics for room for camping and space to mount solar panels.

California98Civic 06-24-2017 02:29 AM

Those are some lucky little kids with a dad building stuff like this for ultra quiet camping excursions. Beautiful van too. Style and DIY ain't common.

vskid3 06-25-2017 04:05 PM

I would love to do something like this. Ultimate dream camper van would have the powertrain from a 100kwh Tesla in a van like a Sprinter or Transit with the roof covered with solar panels. Could even have awnings of panels that slide out on each side from under the main panels for maximum power production and shade. A couple kw of solar should more than cover the energy needs if it's not moving far each day and charging stations would make up the extra needed for winter and long trips.

sid 06-25-2017 09:05 PM

When I'm camping, I prefer to set up in the shade, especially here in Florida.


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