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Old 08-28-2017, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought this car was already posted, but I guess not. This is a startup, that is looking better and better as they refine their design.








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Old 08-29-2017, 12:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It could probably collect a few KwH per day.
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80kw motor. Doesn't say how much it weighs. Up to 30km a day via solar power.
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That sounds about right but pretty optimistic.
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When the sun is low, the cells on one of the sides produce some power. When the sun is higher in the sky, the cells on the roof and hood produce power.
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If the cells are light and cheap, why not?

I like the shape.
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If the cells are light and cheap, why not?
Because they do add weight and are not cheap?

No way they're getting more than 5-10% of those cells' ideal output any given day. For the same cost, I bet they could get way more range by adding to the battery pack.
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Because they do add weight and are not cheap?

No way they're getting more than 5-10% of those cells' ideal output any given day. For the same cost, I bet they could get way more range by adding to the battery pack.
Each of those flex panels weigh under 4 lbs are up to 28% efficient and due to the design are more efficient at collecting indirect light than a standard poly panel.

This isn't 1999 anymore, a lot of foreign panels are getting to be very efficient at hobby prices .

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