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Old 04-30-2015, 08:22 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by UFO View Post
It's hard to make a VW bus less aerodynamic.
With a 0.44 CD, it's really no worse than a lot of much newer vans, SUVs and pickups.

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Driving the car at highway speeds (it can go 80 miles per hour) requires much more power than what the panels can generate in full sun.
My guess is the solar panels don't make enough power to run continuously at 10mph.

It's a specialised vehicle, drive a short distance at low speed to work, leave it parked all day. If the battery were depleted completely at the end of a journey, it wouldn't be ready for a return trip for quite some time.
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