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roadrunnin

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Message Posted: Aug 4, 2011 5:53:34 PM

If a reasonably priced solar powered car was available, would you drive it? Perhaps a solar hybrid so that it would still function at night and on overcast days.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 8:50:29 PM

No
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gas_phil
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 12:58:47 PM

maybe won't work in this fog lol
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46chief
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 3:58:35 PM

no
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 11:50:23 AM

no
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 12:36:33 AM

Yes!
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JohnCur
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 12:07:13 AM

no
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coughlin
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 11:25:18 PM

Absolutely.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 10:17:52 AM

Maybe if it had an extra rubber/band wind-up motor, charged up by waste heat, brake/heat force regeneration energy. No driving interest yet....
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 1:27:19 PM

as long as it doesn't look like the butt-ugly EV cars I see on the roads today
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Jan 9, 2015 10:01:20 AM

Unless your definition of "pure electric" is different than mine, some Tesla models go over 300 miles on a single charge. My Volt often goes over 40 miles on a charge, before the gasoline engine kicks in. That's usable for me.
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lilmx5guy
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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2015 6:58:44 PM

Since they can't get pure electrics to a useable range per charge, I think a decent solar car is only a possibility in the future.
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ricker2332
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2015 4:59:44 PM

No
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ggg452
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2015 3:25:53 PM

No, I sometimes drive on cloudy/rainy days and even sometimes at night....
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2015 1:09:20 PM

why not
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2015 12:44:28 PM

not at night
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pandora257
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2015 9:01:24 PM

Ha hah hah ha aha NO
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2015 9:48:32 AM

No.
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JohnCur
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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2015 12:20:03 AM

not in my lifetime
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2014 10:42:05 PM

nope. Knowing what hybrids and EVs look like today, a solar powered car is going to be just as bugly or a fish looking thing.
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xbAG
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2014 10:02:29 PM

no
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puddy
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Message Posted: Dec 31, 2014 8:43:19 AM

no
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Sugarshaneo7
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 8:24:48 PM

No thanks. I have Heliophobia unfortunately.
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Grizzlyraptor2
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 10:09:54 AM

Nope.
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weddy11
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 8:44:08 AM

no
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 7:50:22 AM

RealtorJeff, we drive a Volt and don't buy into save the planet propaganda. Some of the electric cars are nice vehicles to drive. They are fast, stable, and quiet.

The Volt and Tesla have more torque than most V-8s on the road. The Volt is 4,000 pounds. I think the a Tesla weighs in at around 5,000. This makes them rock stable on the highway in high winds. Quiet; no engine noise.

We have a large solar array in one location. We are installing a system with surplus capacity in our Arizona home, now. It's nice having vehicles in the garage that are independent of a volatile gasoline market.
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RealtorJeff
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Message Posted: Dec 29, 2014 6:20:56 PM

Maybe a Tesla, (when I have an extra 120K laying around) but I think most people are fooling themselves if they think they are saving the planet by driving one.
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jl1rp
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Message Posted: Dec 27, 2014 9:32:34 PM

no
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 8:32:04 AM

No, the only ones I have seen are down right ugly!!!
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 5:31:44 AM

Only if they are giving them away.
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BCNU
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 4:07:27 AM

Only if they are giving them away.
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twt
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2014 3:14:10 AM

No, I wouldn't.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 9:33:29 PM

No way... this just screams ugly
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John_Doe
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 6:29:41 AM

yes
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DaddyD302
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2014 3:33:36 AM

I would consider it if it was better then most cars out there.
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LibertyGuardian
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2014 10:51:20 AM

I always get a chuckle every time I open and read this topic.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2014 6:41:46 AM

never.....
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2014 12:12:23 AM

if it were given to me free......
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 10:56:41 PM

Once they become mainstream and affordable, sure. For now, I can't afford one.
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selvan777
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 4:43:24 PM

Absolutely! Anything, if it's doable and equates to savings, I'm in.
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jonesgang247
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 3:22:57 PM

I would drive anything that I didn't have to spend a lot on gas in.
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one800rv
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 3:08:21 PM

Sure would!
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dvc2
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 2:51:28 PM

No
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 12:47:51 PM

No
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 9:48:51 AM

no
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weddy11
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 8:57:15 AM

Not under todays technology
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LibertyGuardian
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 8:10:39 AM

We don't have "solar" anything...and never will.
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cv
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 6:43:49 AM

Sure I would.
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nickless
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 2:10:34 AM

Yes
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RRBC
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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2014 3:34:14 PM

For short trips and if a decent price
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HotRod10
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2014 8:08:42 PM

I can't believe this topic is still going. The physics just don't work. covering every square inch of a car's surface with photovoltaic panels would not produce sufficient electricity to run a car at the speed typically required.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Oct 19, 2014 12:06:41 AM

if they gave me one free!
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