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swepson

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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 3:37:34 PM

Ford (NYSE:F) will debut a concept vehicle that taps into solar charging next week at the Consumer Electronics Show, according to CNN Money. The innovation was made possible thanks to a roof covered with solar cells provided by SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR). For investors in the solar and electric vehicle spaces, it's well known that the connection between the two macro developments is basically inseparable -- no wonder Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) CEO Elon Musk is also the CEO of SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY ) . But such an early move to solar-powered cars is somewhat of a surprise.
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 5:50:47 PM

newman26 - According to the other article about this car ("21 Miles on Sunlight...") it will also have a charging port.
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endymion
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 4:18:35 PM

The more efficient, the better!
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newman26
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 2:29:37 PM

Will you have to park the car in the sun instead of your garage to charge the vehicle?
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MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 1:12:19 PM

Since this is a hybrid, it'll simply run like a conventional hybrid once the electric-only range is depleted - still quite efficient *and* doesn't leave you stranded *and* you don't have to have your own garage to charge it. What I would like to see are high-efficiency solar panels that don't need to take up the whole roof, so there can be a sunroof - very valuable for venting heat on hot days until the A/C fully kicks in.

danindenver - I believe TWy means "terawatt-years" - i.e., a whole heck of a lot of kilowatt-hours.

djgunrunner - I think most of us work where we park our cars in open-air lots, so we have all day to wait.
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RevPoindexter
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 11:58:08 AM

Hell No. They haven't ironed out all the problems with electric cars (see article regarding the ec and cold weather). Imagine a huge solar panel on top of your car? Please... Let's work on one thing at a a time.
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ss70
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 10:02:00 AM

Almost impossible
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djgunrunner
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 3:14:47 AM

It will take a lot of concentrated cells to build up the Ampres required to run a car. They might be able to assist is charging the battery if you have a long enough time to wait.
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Bttlecat
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 1:51:08 AM

it is hard to read the article with P66 basket pong distracting me
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MN1
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:10:58 AM

Ford must think so.
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Message Posted: Jan 3, 2014 12:07:18 AM

Time will tell
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evowner
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:42:33 PM

Our Leaf already has a small solar panel to keep the accessory battery charged.
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mastermariner
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 11:13:30 PM

Keep up the R&D
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danindenver
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 8:25:27 PM

I remember, in the olden days of journalism, when an article, containing an abbreviation, would provide a translation of same for the lay person who may not be familiar with the peculiar jargon of the subject matter.

But, no more.

Does anyone know what TWy means? Cause Merriam-Webster and Google don't know.
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 7:57:45 PM

calm down people. it's a concept car.
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Snowball2013
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 7:13:24 PM

What a great idea if it works!
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teafortwo
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 6:14:41 PM


They already are.
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Kamakani
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 6:03:14 PM

If it works.. I'm in!
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VanIsleRover
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 6:00:26 PM

I doubt it
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:56:55 PM

who cares beside teeny boppers ???????
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foreyearrunner
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:55:36 PM

That wont have real possibility for years
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ktbaeohana
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:50:10 PM

watch and see.
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madison8359
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:37:12 PM

It's coming.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:31:56 PM

OK
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:31:11 PM

cool
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andy1024
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:28:40 PM

Definitely a possibility.
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PhilMils
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:19:06 PM

Eventually, but not soon. The technology is far from there for a consumer vehicle.
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doggod
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:15:54 PM

Uh-oh, this story has hit the echo chamber.

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TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 5:08:05 PM

Not soon, unless soon is in the next century.
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amoshins
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 4:40:47 PM

I doubt it will happen in my lifetime
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 4:34:01 PM

There is no free lunch.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 4:28:07 PM

What do I do. On cloudy days or at night?
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jamofsocal
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 4:22:56 PM

It is all about energy balance. There is no free lunch. You cannot get something for nothing.
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 4:17:30 PM

Free my anus, they will figure out how to tax us.
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swepson
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Message Posted: Jan 2, 2014 3:38:50 PM

Would be great if in 10 years we could drive around pretty much for free.
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