Surely solar panels can't cope with weather like modern car paintwork?bjn wrote: ↑Sun Jan 09, 2022 3:36 pmIt was a proof of concept.
You would cover some proportion of annual miles in a vehicle with a few square meters of solar panels on the roof. Whether that’s the best use of the solar panels or the money is the pertinent question.
Given sufficiently cheap solar panels it might be a thing. Something like perovskite panels, which in theory should be much cheaper, but are less durable than silicon cells, might be useful. Cars get junked well before a static solar panel does.
It has to travel at 70 mph in rain and hail, deal with bird droppings and falling twigs, and will get salty spray this time of year.
It must be so much cheaper and easier to put that solar area on a roof. Or as canopies on the recharge zone of the motorway services, which is already happening. We should concentrate on solutions already working.
* I've self split this from "Death of..." as there's enough EV volume of posts to sustain separate threads.