Posts Tagged ‘photovoltaic panels’

Students Turn Audi into Electric Vehicle that Also Harnesses Solar Energy

March 30th, 2011

In order to demonstrate that it is possible to mix an electric car with a solar-powered one, a group of students from Georgia Tech has presented their latest project – an electric vehicle that can harness solar energy.

Members of the team entitled Solar Jackets recently unveiled their super car at the Buckhead Eco-Collection.

They managed to transform an Audi into a “solar-assisted electric vehicle”, equipping it with two batteries that can be charged by plugging the car’s charger into an electric socket.

The bigger battery is used to power the vehicle while the smaller one powers windows, steering and brakes. It is worth mentioning that with the help of solar panels, the car can harness solar energy that is stored on the smaller battery.

According to the tech aerospace engineering student Corbin Klett of Buford, currently the team is working hard on the design of car so it could compete in the forthcoming World Solar Challenge that will take part in Australia.

[via GreenOptimistic]

Volvo Skylon – Futuristic, Eco-Friendly Truck

September 2nd, 2010

Designer Nikita Kalinin, a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Design from Art Center College of Design, came up with the idea of creating a futuristic high-speed truck for Volvo.

He was greatly inspired by the aerodynamics of Bullet Trains and Le Mans cars.

Mr. Kalinin called his eco-friendly truck Skylon. The truck has a series of solar panels installed on its rooftop. » Read more: Volvo Skylon – Futuristic, Eco-Friendly Truck

Antro Solo – Electric Car that Splits in Two Smaller Vehicles

February 26th, 2010

The market of electric vehicles has a new player from Hungary represented by a number of auto enthusiasts who teamed up with Hungarian firm Antro. The team is currently working on a vehicle that could split into two separate cars.

The hybrid concept car is called Antro Solo and it weights only 595 pounds ($270kg). Using its solar panels mounted on the roof, the three-seater vehicle will be able to run about 20 kilometers on solar power alone. » Read more: Antro Solo – Electric Car that Splits in Two Smaller Vehicles

AERO – Eco-friendly Concept Car that Harnesses Wind and Solar Energy

January 18th, 2010

aero-green-car-conceptAERO represents a three-wheeled electric car for two people. It was designed by Cristian Polaco, who was inspired by the shapes of nature. The designer thought about developing a vehicle that would be eco-friendly and would boast a design that could remind of air and water.

Both, the design and functional features of the mid-engine rear wheel drive electric car were also influenced by the contemporary aspects one can find in Formula 1 cars. The vehicle’s body is made using compressed polymers which are quite easy to recycle and which make the car rather lightweight. » Read more: AERO – Eco-friendly Concept Car that Harnesses Wind and Solar Energy

Eco-friendly Bionic Vehicle Designed for 2030

November 23rd, 2009

bionic-vehicle-conceptFrom the very beginning it would be interesting to note that one of the most impressive aspects of this eco-friendly vehicle is its ability to change its shape based on specific situations.
This feature of the Bionic concept vehicle is possible thanks to EAP-electro-active polymer layers, one of the latest inventions in car-making industry.

The two-seat green car, designed by Vlad Icobet, produces zero emissions due to the in-wheel motor technology applied. In addition, it includes a polycarbon roof with mounted solar photovoltaic cells. » Read more: Eco-friendly Bionic Vehicle Designed for 2030

Solar-powered MINILUX Vehicle for Leisure Purposes

November 6th, 2009

minilux-solar-powered-concept-car-backMINILUX is a concept car that aims urban dwellers that use their vehicles mostly when they have free time, using other means of transport during the day. The concept was designed by Jukka Rautiainen and its key feature is the ability to harvest solar energy by using high-efficiency photovoltaic panels. The driver can pug the vehicle in to a domestic or public access point, thus providing two ways of charging the batteries. If driven across Central Europe and the east coast of the United States, the car would run 9,000 miles a year on solar energy, while in sunny regions like California and Australia MINILUX would be able to achieve a solar powered range of 16,000 miles. » Read more: Solar-powered MINILUX Vehicle for Leisure Purposes