A solar vehicle is a vehicle driven primarily or entirely by solar power. In most cases, solar cells contained in solar vehicles convert the energy from the sun directly to electric power. Solar energy is free, limitless, and is almost always available. The only problem with solar vehicles has been the cost of solar cell technology. Fortunately, this problem is becoming increasingly less of a problem due to new, more efficient cell technology.
New advances in battery technology have greatly reduced the cost of solar electric cars. In fact, it’s become so common that many new vehicles come standard with fully functioning, high capacity, rechargeable, low initial cost, and long life batteries. Some even come with a very short charging time! This is great news for the consumer as it means saving not only money on the purchase but on the constant monthly expense of purchasing new batteries.
One of the major obstacles that has been present since the original introduction of the concept of solar vehicle was the concern regarding reliability. How would you know when the batteries were fully charged and when they needed recharging? Many people were skeptical at first of this concept simply because recharging a battery is such an easy process. The only issue was getting the batteries to store enough energy so that their maximum usable capacity could be achieved. Obviously, this would require additional storage capacity. If this were a problem, the vehicle simply would not be able to maintain the maximum speed or acceleration necessary to make it move.
Thankfully, today’s solar vehicles have overcome this problem. New advances in materials science have resulted in durable, waterproof, long lasting, and inexpensive battery materials. New, thick layers of silicon have been developed which eliminates the need for traditional silicone dyes. These layers also make the battery much more resistant to heat, snow, and rain so that it will not wear down prematurely. In addition, the thickness of the silicone makes the battery much more effective at storing power as well. As a result, the overall cost of the solar vehicle has decreased significantly.
Solar vehicle enthusiasts no longer have to worry about the difficulty of maintaining a vehicle. Because the electrical energy that is captured by the solar panels is in the form of direct current (DC), there are no batteries to care for or to recharge. The power generated is also free, meaning that there are no additional power bills to pay. These types of vehicles have been called “solar-powered vehicles” or “solar trucks.” On a broader scale, these same principles can be applied to solar generators. They are also called “solar generators.”
However, this does not mean that all solar cars and their components are safe. One major area of concern is the potential impact that high-powered solar cells have on the integrity of the vehicle’s structure. For this reason, solar cars are often referred to as “polar trucks.” These vehicles are severely limited in their ability to handle speed, as they are severely limited in their ability to store electrical energy, and when they do run out of power, they cannot simply jump in a back-up battery. In addition, since the ability to store power directly in the batteries is severely limited, these vehicles also have a severely limited ability to make sharp turns.
Another issue that the automotive industries are concerned with is the issue of safety. Since the batteries used in these vehicles generate an enormous amount of electricity, there is a great deal of heat generated by the photovoltaic cells. This heat is considered to be a hazard to the health of the occupants of the vehicle itself as well as the occupants of any other moving object that comes into contact with the vehicle. Many authorities believe that this problem could be solved by incorporating a more solid and stable photovoltaic cell design into future vehicles.
The solution that automobile companies ultimately decide upon will no doubt help solve many of the problems associated with solar vehicles. If you would like to see more information on how your automobile company can utilize these new technologies, you might wish to look online. There are a number of excellent online publications that are dedicated to the study of alternative energy vehicles, alternative fuel vehicles, and all facets of the alternative energy industry. By visiting some of these websites you might be able to find valuable information on how your automobile company can use the new technologies provided by photovoltaics.