Do you think solar-powered vehicles are an impossibility? Do you think solar energy cannot power your bike/car? Wait till you see this:
Solar powered plane -
What’s special about all the three above vehicles is, they run exclusively on solar power. There is no hybrid/gasoline back-up system in them. The solar plane has completed a short inter-continental trip, the solar ship (boat) is on its mission to circle the globe and the solar race cars can reach speeds of up to 90 miles/hour.
It’s not that a vehicle needs to be fitted with large solar panels in order to run using solar power. Any electric vehicle/hybrid model (electric + petrol/diesel) can also run using the electrical energy generated by solar panels at home/charging stations. Hybrid bikes and Hybrid cars are available everywhere. I do agree they cost more, but that’s because of the lesser demand.
Electric cars *these days* have high-capacity batteries that can run for 100 miles without recharging. One can easily use the electricity generated by solar panels to recharge the car batteries.
I do agree that the availability/variety of electric cars/hybrid models are limited and they can be very expensive. Even the hybrid bikes are quite expensive when compared to the normal ones. We all know that solar panels/batteries are very expensive too.
But these are expensive because they are not yet been manufactured/sold on a large-scale. Their prices will come down with increase in interest/mass-adoption by people. If we don’t show interest and push for them, we can only keep blaming the Govt every time petrol prices are raised. Everyone knows that we have limited oil reserves and petrol prices will keep increasing with time.
My question to the readers is – If you are in a position to buy a luxury car, why not buy a hybrid car, fix solar panels (at home) and recharge the car using electricity generated by these solar panels? The technology exists today and is available. The issue is only with the high initial prices. But, when you can afford a luxury car, why not opt for a Toyota/Honda hybrid instead? You are going to save a considerable amount of money (otherwise spent for petrol) on the long-run.
Electric Cars will be introduced by Mahindra Reva shortly, in India.
Maybe in the future, when solar PV technologies become relatively inexpensive or feed-in tariff is announced by the Govt, you can just use solar panels to charge EV’s. Even otherwise, cheaper electric power can be used to run Electric Vehicles.
Why not consider buying an Electric vehicle instead of the normal petrol/diesel vehicles? They are greener, reduce our carbon output, reduce our dependence on petrol/gasoline and with increasing fuel costs, EV’s can save a lot money on the long run.