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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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drydem
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 7:36:27 AM

No. Photovoltaic array power system would not produce enough power per minute per square feet of surface area. Too many overcast days and night time would also be a problem too. Fuel cells seem a long way off and battery power density just isn't there yet. I don't expect EVs to take over the private vehicle market until after I'm dead for a very long time.



[Edited by: drydem at 8/10/2014 7:41:32 AM EST]
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dvc2
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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2014 3:15:21 AM

no
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 8:58:24 PM

No interest at the present time.
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Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 10:38:51 AM

Once one is invented, it is affordable, and reliable, sure.

But, living in Cleveland where there is no sun from mid-October through at least March, it probably won't be the best idea.
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46chief
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 10:37:47 AM

No.
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twt
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 4:18:25 AM

Possibly, but not likely.
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stoihor
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 6:23:51 PM

maybe.
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carinthuist
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 3:37:58 PM

no
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WEDDY
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Message Posted: Aug 8, 2014 9:36:07 AM

No
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 12:32:10 AM

"You would have a large number of stranded cars overnight, if the battery drained out before they could get home."

If I'm not mistaken, doesn't the same thing happen when the fuel tank in a conventional car runs out of gasoline? The instrumentation in the electric car will give the driver ample warning to find a place to charge. Whether you ignore the fuel gauge or the flashing warnings of a low battery light, the result is the same. The car stops.
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drgeeforce
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 7:11:35 PM

You would have a large number of stranded cars overnight, if the battery drained out before they could get home. Ask any Leaf or Fiat 500e owner. Rainy days and cloudy days means you walk.
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:52:28 PM

Do it almost every day. The Chevrolet Volt is in the garage right now charging directly from the solar panels on the roof of my shop.
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Sugarshaneo7
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 2:16:34 PM

sure
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Floridaman2013
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 9:28:22 AM

NO, at this time.
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forresj
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 8:56:30 AM

Would I drive a solar-powered car? Answer: Yes

Would I buy one? Answer: If it's affordable.
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 9:40:12 AM

No interest.
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 7:51:08 AM

cost is only part of it, there are other issues to overcome
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twt
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 4:26:24 AM

Depends on the price.
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Jun 14, 2014 12:49:30 AM

yes if it was cheap!
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Heavyblaze
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2014 8:19:57 PM

no way
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Shockjock1961
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2014 4:30:44 PM

Actually, pretty much everyone drives a solar powered vehicle right now. Petroleum is nothing more then stored sunlight after all...
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mnrick041
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Message Posted: Jun 12, 2014 6:03:07 PM

Probably not, I'll stick with gas for now.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 8, 2014 8:31:52 AM

No...........
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badbobKY
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 3:59:46 PM

yes if it had a back-up system
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davisadm
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 12:45:11 PM

Not at night!
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 10:20:10 AM

sure, but not when it rains
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 8:31:21 AM

No...not interest.........
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pghbill
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Message Posted: Jun 7, 2014 12:34:10 AM

maybe
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ace12012
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 1:29:05 PM

no.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 7:01:28 AM

no interest.............
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 7:13:52 AM

no...............
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 5:49:02 AM

No
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2014 6:29:20 AM

no.............
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the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2014 8:54:48 AM

Get real, Lucille...
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SoylentGrain
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Message Posted: Jun 2, 2014 7:59:28 AM

I drive one now. We drive a Chevrolet Volt. We charge the batteries with solar panels on a building I own. We are driving about 800 miles a month on solar power.

As far as overcast days and evenings, we produce a surplus of power and bank it with the power company.
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 7:02:56 AM

No interest..........
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Boyrr
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 2:19:05 PM

not on a rainy day
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GrumpyCat
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 10:26:27 AM

I'm energy agnostic. Only care about the cost and whether it works.
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OilerFan
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 10:04:38 AM

I would, but they don't have one that will meet my needs that is affordable right now.
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shstew
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 9:47:50 AM

Not at the moment
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 9:47:10 AM

I'll just dream about it for the present time.
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 6:52:00 AM

No interest................
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: May 30, 2014 3:05:48 AM

no
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 7:34:55 AM

No interest..........
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Sugarshaneo7
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 11:18:50 AM

Possibly , at the speed of a tractor
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 6:40:25 AM

No........
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twt
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 3:19:11 AM

Maybe, but it would have to be proven and tested, first.
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dgsteven
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Message Posted: May 5, 2014 3:11:19 AM

no
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Skyjunky
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 8:34:07 PM

Hell no ..e-nuff with the electric stuff.....
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GLM4205
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 2:34:30 PM

no
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