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Old 08-20-2018, 10:34 AM   #21 (permalink)
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The car seen so far is a 'disguised' BMW i3.
If it goes into production they'll have to essentially replace everything underneath that body kit.

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Old 08-20-2018, 01:03 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Niki Gordon Bloomfield clarified / corrected the $18,000 price - you have to pay more to buy or rent the battery.
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Solar on a vehicle is dumb.
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Solar cells on the car will help about 5-10%, which is not nothing. If they can charge while the car is parked, they can help more.
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Solar cells on the car will help about 5-10%, which is not nothing. If they can charge while the car is parked, they can help more.
It's not nothing, but it's still dumb.

The solar panels would be more effective installed on the roof of a house, preferably in Arizona. Encouraging a car owner to leave their car in the sun is dumb. The expense of solar and the poor results of mounting it to a vehicle is dumb.

The whole concept is dumb from beginning to end.
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Encouraging a car owner to leave their car in the sun is dumb. The expense of solar and the poor results of mounting it to a vehicle is dumb.
Considering that it would then most likely have to resort to that very same solar energy to run the A/C in order to keep a comfortable temperature, it would basically neglect the claimed benefits of having the solar panels. But I'm still not totally disfavorable to the fitment of solar panels to a car, as long as it spends a lot of time outside instead of being babied at a garage. Well, in a lot of places it's not uncommon to leave the vehicles parked outside...
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A test drive with the prototype

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https://www.nu.nl/246023/video/eerst...nnecellen.html

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The solar cells add up to 30 km of range per day.
Total range is about 250 reallife km.
Top speed is 140 km/h (85 mph)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 9 seconds
Available options: - (e.g.: None. Yes.)
Price: € 16,000 + € 4,000 for the battery.

The green stuff in the dash is live Icelandic moss, which acts as an interior air filter. Ow yeah.
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I wonder if they turn off the lights in the terrarium at night.

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I could live with Islandic moss (as long as it can live with me that is)


The Mercedes Maybach Concepts tape worm aquarium - not so much.

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