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Old 02-25-2009, 05:54 PM   #3 (permalink)
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They mostly use it to run the climate control, don't they? Does it feed the pack directly?

I wouldn't think it would help extend the EV range by any noticeable amount
You're about right there. Of course it depends (TM).

If you're only driving the car once a week, it'll contribute a greater amount to your range than if you drive the car every day.

A vehicle roof isn't ideal for panels for a number of reasons, just one of which is they're not optimized in terms of angle/direction towards the sun to maximize output.

Still, there's something cool about solar panels on a vehicle, even if it's not inherently practical!

I'm still toying with the idea of a panel/panels for the ForkenSwift, but I'd like them to be on low profile racks that have a tilt/pan ability. So when it's parked, you can flip them up & lock them in position for more power. We'll see.
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