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Harness The Sun’s Energy And Go Electric: 5 Best Solar Cars On The Market

The convenience of solar electric vehicles has long been hotly debated among experts and enthusiasts. In fact, it’s a cool concept to have solar panels embedded in the body of a car so that at least the battery can gather a little extra energy to drive the car a few miles a day. I would like to discuss some of today’s most advanced solar cars. However, please note that some models on this list are not necessarily on the market and are in the prototype stage. However, the list provides ideas for new inventions, features, and technologies used to transform electric vehicles into cool self-charging solar vehicles.

Sion Sono

The Zion is a 5-seater electric car with built-in solar cells. It belongs to German start-up Sono Motors, which unveiled the car in April 2022, and is expected to enter mass production in 2023. It will be available early in the European market.

The electric vehicle is powered by a 54 kWh LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) battery and can travel up to 190 miles on a single charge according to WLTP standards. The engine under the hood is a 120 kWh unit capable of producing 163 HP and 270 Nm of torque for a speed of 90 mph. With more than 456 half-cells built into its body, the car is expected to extend its range to 70 miles per week (up to 150 miles) on solar power. The price is 29,900 euros.

According to the brand, it has successfully integrated solar cells throughout the vehicle body using a patented injection molding technology during production. In this way, the solar cells have the same appearance as any vehicle’s paintwork, without detracting from the vehicle’s overall look and style.

In addition, Sono Motors designed the car with an outlet plug so that users can draw power from the built-in battery to power appliances up to 3.7 kW for camping and outdoor travel. And when used with the brand’s Wallbox DC charging station, you can use your car battery to power your home in an emergency or power outage. Helps owners to multitask easily. Car sharing, ride sharing and energy sharing are some of the most interesting features of mobile apps.

Aptera Solar

Aptera is another major (American) manufacturer of solar electric vehicles, known for its super aerodynamic and lightweight designs. The Aptera solar car is powered entirely by solar panels and can meet most of your daily needs without recharging.

The Aptera solar car is a three-wheeled, two-seater electric vehicle. It stands out for its incredibly unique design with a surprisingly streamlined dynamism, somewhat resembling the belly of a dolphin. The car is 65% lighter than other solar electric vehicles, according to the brand. Another impressive feature that sets the Aptera solar car apart from the competition is the availability of multiple battery options such as 23 kWh, 41 kWh, 60 kWh and 100 kWh respectively. miles.

Aptera, courtesy of Aptera Motors Corp.

Aptera’s ‘Never Charge’ technology equips the entire body from hood to dashboard with 700W solar cells to extend the driving range to 40 miles per day on solar power. Using multiple units of 50 kW Elaphe motors, Aptera can accelerate him from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. The price is very reasonable at 25,900 yen.

lightyear 0

Lightyear 0 is a very practical five-seater solar car from a Dutch start-up. A high-capacity 60 kWh battery pack delivers up to 600 miles of range. Roof-mounted solar cells could add 45 miles to the EV’s range per day and 685 miles per year in total performance. The roof of the solar car is equipped with 5 m² of patented double curved high efficiency solar cells and 4 independently controlled in-wheel motors. Apart from solar panels, you can charge your car faster at regular charging stations for electric vehicles. It can also be charged from regular household sockets.

Lightyear 0, courtesy of Lightyear.one

The Lightyear 0 can reach speeds of 60 mph in just 10 seconds. Body panels are made of reclaimed carbon fibre, and the interior is also made of naturally derived components, ensuring environmental friendliness at every stage of development. The trunk capacity is 640 liters. Like the Sono Scion, the Lightyear 0 has the typical car design plus a better aerodynamic profile for faster cruising, harnessing the power of the sun. Pricing is hefty at $119,000, but subsequent models are said to be more affordable.

fisker ocean

Fisker Ocean is an all-electric SUV with a ‘Solar Sky’ sunroof for extended range. The first deliveries of his solar car are due to start in early 2023, and one of the best things about this car is, as I mentioned earlier, it has an innovative full-length sunroof. That’s it. The battery pack can provide enough solar power that the car can achieve an extended range of about 950 miles per year.

Fisker’s solar car is powered by an 80 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and has the amazing ability to reach speeds of 60 mph in just 3 seconds. Aside from the solar panels, most of the cars are made from sustainably recycled materials such as sea debris and vegan leather.

Fisker Ocean, courtesy of Fisker Inc.

Since its debut as a concept car, Fisker’s solar has been exhibited at various motor shows around the world and has been highly acclaimed for its appearance and performance. In addition to the US, the car will also be launched in Europe. Like the Sono Sion, Fisker’s solar his car is equipped with his PowerBank system, which allows it to draw power from its internal battery to run home and road equipment.

Thanks to its battery’s massive capacity, the EV cell can be used to power a regular home for a full week, and the included power outlet allows you to use your energy-hungry outdoor appliances and electronics. I can do it. With the “PowerShare” feature, the car’s power can be shared with another EV to give other drivers an emergency power boost. The Fisker Ocean has a tag price of $37,499.

squad solar city car

“Squad” is one of the first solar-powered city cars. Unlike all previous models, this is actually a microcar with solar cells on the roof to fully meet the charging needs of small city cars. People usually drive a microcar he only averages about 12km a day, so this car is made to charge 20km (12 miles) a day (in Europe) directly from the sun. Rely on its 220V charging port.

Squad Solar City Car, provided by Squad Mobility BV

The Squad Solar Car comes in two variants, L6 and L7. The first is his 2 seater with a top speed of 30 mph and the second is his 4 seater car with a 45 mph capacity. All variants have heaters, air conditioning is optional and battery packs are portable and replaceable. Needless to say, Microhis car with solar panels is the cheapest of its kind available to customers. The price he starts from 6,250 euros. In addition, (European) authorities are likely to exempt drivers from other costs for regular cars, such as road taxes, congestion charges and parking fees. Also, owners need a driver’s license to drive this little car in many countries.

Conclusion

With the advent of electric vehicles, the focus of the automotive industry is rapidly shifting to electric vehicles around the world. Solar cars are the future and some of the world’s most innovative companies are investing heavily in developing these vehicles. Sono Motors, Aptera, Lightyear, Fisker, and Squad are already developing efficient and affordable solar cars. These cars are also loaded with great features like car sharing, ride sharing and energy sharing. Solar car technology has made great strides in the last few years, and there is no doubt that it will continue to advance in the future.

Source: Sono Motors, aptera, lightyear 0, Fisker Ocean, Squad Solar

Nico Caballero is Vice President of Finance for Cogency Power, a solar energy company. He also has a degree in electric vehicles from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and enjoys working with Tesla and his EV batteries.he can be reached at @NicoTorqueNews on Twitter. Nico covers the latest in Tesla and electric cars on Torque News.

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