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Old 10-15-2014, 11:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Each one of these would require some where around a 1000lb to a ton of lead acid batteries and a solar tracker that will need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years.

I have stated before that each daily mile you want to support driving with grid tied solar is some where around $400 to $500 per mile, this breaks the bank at around $1000 per mile.

Then when it gets hit by lightning, replace everything, to include the vehicle plugged into it. Because the scenario they present is "set it on the ground and plug a vehicle to it and forgetaboutit" because permitting and codes don't apply to this device (as is with any new thing).

So saving money clearly is not the goal and environmental concerns are absent, safety maybe an afterthought.

Originally Posted by dirtydave View Post
Wow, all we need now is wireless charging! I like the idea a lot and hopefully the cost will be low in 10 years.
The EV1 had semi wireless charging with that paddle charger and it sucked. Because air core transformers are grossly inefficient. It will work with something tiny like an iphone but it doesn't scale up so well.

Don't expect this to get much cheaper in the future. The cost of lead has gone up 3x to 4x in the last 10-15 years, steel had doubled and the rare earth elements used in the solar panels are becoming harder to get due to increasing demand. Also china is cutting off the rest of the word from most of its rare earths in 2016.

So if any one is thinking about doing anything big with solar panels you might want to do it next year or not at all.
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