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Breaking News can toyota s solar powered electric car  run forever  | Breaking News

Can Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car 'Run Forever'?

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by: Ruqayyah Moynihan, Ekaitz Ortega
can toyota s solar powered electric car  run forever  | Breaking News

NEDO representative Mitsuhiro Yamazaki says that if such a car were driven four days a week for a maximum of 50 kilometers each day, it wouldn't need charging. 

Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car

What is a solar car and how does it work?
True solar-powered cars are actually electric vehicles that are powered by solar panels . The panels are used produce electricity by converting the sun's rays into energy, which is then stored in solar batteries. The car runs by using the energy that is stored in the batteries.

Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO have teamed up to manufacture a unique car that could ‘run forever’. There have been promising advances in developing thin enough solar panels for curved surfaces, as well as in tech for charging vehicles while they're in motion.
The solar cells the companies are working on attaching to the car are only 0.03 mm thick, so they can be attached to curved areas on cars like the roof, the hood, or the hatchback. By pairing more efficient solar cells with high-capacity batteries to keep vehicles running at night, solar cars have the potential to outperform hybrid vehicles and hydrogen-powered cars.



                                       Toyota is testing a much more efficient solar roof for its electric cars
                                             Can Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car Can 'Run Forever'?

Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car Can 'Run Forever'

Toyota with solar panels on roof

A solar-powered electric car that runs without needing charging may sound impossible, but Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan) have joined forces to hopefully make it a reality.

Recommended: Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden

By pairing together the best solar panels on the market with the most efficient batteries available — not to mention years’ worth of experience with car-manufacturing — the companies are hoping, theoretically, to produce a vehicle that might run forever. "The solar car's advantage is that, while it can't drive for a long range, it's really independent of charging facilities," said project manager at Toyota, Koji Makino.

Why do we need solar cars?
Solar Powered Cars - drive the future
Like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun by converting it into electricity. This electricity fuels the battery that runs the car's motor. Solar cars use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into energy.

Electric Car Can 'Run Forever'

One of the main drawbacks with fully electric cars is that, even if their sales were to surpass those of petroleum-based vehicles, they'd still need to be charged — which, in turn, means a string of charging docks, requiring space and further funds. Conversely, the sun provides readily available energy without the need for charging docks or extra costs. Coupled with a high enough battery capacity to keep a vehicle running during darker hours, solar-powered cars have the potential to completely outdo other new types of tech that are currently in the pipeline from hybrid vehicles to hydrogen-powered cars.

Recommended: Solar Car Lightyear Wins Price At Tech Fair: The Netherlands

Though this may seem just one small step in the effort to marry together solar energy with a vehicle that actually works, it's actually substantial progress considering the large energy expenditure required to shift a car's weight. Due to the fact that the solar cells the companies are working on are only 0.03 mm thick, they can be attached to a wider variety of surfaces including curved areas on cars like the roof, the hood, or the hatchback.

Toyota Prius Roof covered with solar cells

Are solar cars the future?
In fact, the first solar vehicle may hit the road in 2019. The technology is still somewhat in its infancy and needs to have some time to work out unexpected issues. However, solar cars could be on their way to regular people's driveways in the near future

Recommended: Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht Allows You To Cruise The World

In addition to the fact that the technology behind this venture has introduced a new efficiency, there's also the fact that the vehicles can be charged while the vehicle is in motion something that has, until recently, been impossible.

Recommended: The Solar Bike: Mix Between A Two-Wheeler And A Tesla

To build the optimum solar-powered vehicle, there are still a lot of aspects that need working on and there need to be workarounds to enable such a vehicle to run efficiently in areas that aren't quite as sunny or are more like deserts in terms of their climate.

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Recommended: Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car

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Can Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car 'Run Forever'?

NEDO representative Mitsuhiro Yamazaki says that if such a car were driven four days a week for a maximum of 50 kilometers each day, it wouldn't need charging.  Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car What is a solar car and how does it work? True solar-powered cars are actually electric vehicles that are powered by solar panels . The panels are used produce electricity by converting the sun's rays into energy, which is then stored in solar batteries. The car runs by using the energy that is stored in the batteries. Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO have teamed up to manufacture a unique car that could ‘run forever’. There have been promising advances in developing thin enough solar panels for curved surfaces, as well as in tech for charging vehicles while they're in motion. The solar cells the companies are working on attaching to the car are only 0.03 mm thick, so they can be attached to curved areas on cars like the roof, the hood, or the hatchback. By pairing more efficient solar cells with high-capacity batteries to keep vehicles running at night, solar cars have the potential to outperform hybrid vehicles and hydrogen-powered cars. {youtube}                                        Toyota is testing a much more efficient solar roof for its electric cars                                              Can Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car Can 'Run Forever'? Toyota’s Solar-Powered Electric Car Can 'Run Forever' A solar-powered electric car that runs without needing charging may sound impossible, but Toyota, Sharp, and NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan) have joined forces to hopefully make it a reality. Recommended:  Solar Sono Motors Car: Developed in Germany, Made In Sweden By pairing together the best solar panels on the market with the most efficient batteries available — not to mention years’ worth of experience with car-manufacturing — the companies are hoping, theoretically, to produce a vehicle that might run forever. "The solar car's advantage is that, while it can't drive for a long range, it's really independent of charging facilities," said project manager at Toyota, Koji Makino. Why do we need solar cars? Solar Powered Cars - drive the future Like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun by converting it into electricity. This electricity fuels the battery that runs the car's motor. Solar cars use photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into energy. Electric Car Can 'Run Forever' One of the main drawbacks with fully electric cars is that, even if their sales were to surpass those of petroleum-based vehicles, they'd still need to be charged — which, in turn, means a string of charging docks, requiring space and further funds. Conversely, the sun provides readily available energy without the need for charging docks or extra costs. Coupled with a high enough battery capacity to keep a vehicle running during darker hours, solar-powered cars have the potential to completely outdo other new types of tech that are currently in the pipeline from hybrid vehicles to hydrogen-powered cars. Recommended:  Solar Car Lightyear Wins Price At Tech Fair: The Netherlands Though this may seem just one small step in the effort to marry together solar energy with a vehicle that actually works, it's actually substantial progress considering the large energy expenditure required to shift a car's weight. Due to the fact that the solar cells the companies are working on are only 0.03 mm thick, they can be attached to a wider variety of surfaces including curved areas on cars like the roof, the hood, or the hatchback. Are solar cars the future? In fact, the first solar vehicle may hit the road in 2019. The technology is still somewhat in its infancy and needs to have some time to work out unexpected issues. However, solar cars could be on their way to regular people's driveways in the near future Recommended:  Solar Powered Silent 55 Yacht Allows You To Cruise The World In addition to the fact that the technology behind this venture has introduced a new efficiency, there's also the fact that the vehicles can be charged while the vehicle is in motion something that has, until recently, been impossible. Recommended:  The Solar Bike: Mix Between A Two-Wheeler And A Tesla To build the optimum solar-powered vehicle, there are still a lot of aspects that need working on and there need to be workarounds to enable such a vehicle to run efficiently in areas that aren't quite as sunny or are more like deserts in terms of their climate. Before you go! Recommended:  Solar Team Eindhoven The Netherlands Presents: The Solar Car Did you find this an interesting article or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your own article about sustainability? Click on  'Register'  or push the button 'Write An Article' on the  'HomePage'
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