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Now that solar cells are cheap, where are the solar cars?

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Juan Cole writes at Informed Comment:

On Sunday, the every-other-year great solar car race (the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge) began in Australia, as vehicles powered by sunlight competed to get from Darwin to Adelaide (3000 km/ 1800 miles) as quickly as possible. An electric car with the right range and speed is crucial to solving the problem of climate change, since exhaust from petroleum-driven vehicles is a significant part of our carbon dioxide emissions. C02 in turn is causing catastrophic climate change.

Me, I can’t understand why everyone in the market for a new car and who can afford one doesn’t buy a Chevy Volt. It is a dream car; they have dropped the price on it and there is a hefty government rebate. Especially if you put in solar panels on your roof and run it off them, the combined system (panels + EV) quickly pays for itself and quickly reaches the point where the carbon emitted in its construction is surpassed by savings.

ITN reports:

Of course, my own University of Michigan has an entrant. Here is an article on it from U-M News Service:

U-M solar car: Sleek, reliable and ready to race

ANN ARBOR—With a bold, asymmetrical vehicle that’s logged thousands of test miles on two continents, students on the University of Michigan’s top-ranked Solar Car Team say this could be their year for a world championship.

U-M’s team—currently No. 1 in the U.S.—will compete against 25 others from across the globe in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. The week-long, 1,800-mile trek across the Australian outback begins Oct. 6, which is the afternoon of Oct. 5 in the U.S.

Continue reading. Photo of the Michigan entry at the link.

Written by Leisureguy

7 October 2013 at 10:16 am

Posted in Technology

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