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Old 07-09-2019, 12:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
redpoint5
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I'd have bought for $5.

I remember the first solar cell I purchased, from Radio Shack, for $8. It was the size of one of the cells in freebeard's photo. I've always been interested in harvesting nature's bounty.

That said, solar panels are on a vehicle are dumb, no matter who's doing it. Toyota's previous solar panels are a gimmick, and this one is an expensive gimmick. So the car can harvest $0.75 worth of electricity, if you leave it out on a very sunny day rather than parked in a garage, assuming you've already drained enough of the battery that it can still accept a charge.

This is as interesting as a solar powered bread slicer, possibly less.
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