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C-MAX Solar Energi Car

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Electric cars freedom from the gas pump, but tie drivers to the task of charging up. To cut the power cord, it would if you could carry your on board, and the fuel would be

That’s the allure of the solar in many ways the holy of clean energy transport. It one step closer to reality week with Ford debuting its C-MAX Solar Concept car at Consumer Electronics (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas. Quiz: What You Don’t About Cars and Fuel )

used the biggest consumer show of the year to showcase technology and the possibilities for renewable transportation. (See related, Cars That Fired Our Relationship With Fuel .)

The plug-in hybrid crossover, on Ford’s C-MAX Energi hybrid, has 16 square feet square meters) of photovoltaic built into the roof.

with a full day of blazing the eight-kilowatt-capacity panels wouldn’t enough energy to fully the car’s lithium-ion battery. So along with the Georgia of Technology, developed a flat lens to stand over the car in a that can marshal sunlight a larger area. The lens act like a magnifying glass and sunlight onto the car, solar uptake eightfold. It take about seven of sunlight to fully charge the which could then the car for an estimated 21 miles (33.8 before a gas engine kicks in. related, Pictures: A Rare Inside Carmakers’ Drive for 55

That means the C-MAX Energi is still tethered to fuel, but integrating solar into vehicles poses challenges. Engineers—both professional and been grappling for years the issues of capacity, aerodynamics, and storage, in their zeal to and build vehicles that run on the (See related, Wireless May Cut the Cord for Plug-In Devices, Cars. )

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University of Chile’s Solar Eolian

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At a area in one of the driest places on students from the University of push their car, a sleek wedge specially to soak up the sun of the Atacama desert. The was taken in 2011, the premiere of the Atacama Solar Challenge, the international solar race hosted in Latin America. related, Pictures: Cars Solar Energy in Chilean .)

The University of Chile students their car, appropriately after eolian processes. which winds erode, and deposit materials to shape the surface-especially in arid environments. The team placed second in runnings so far of the Atacama race, in and 2012, the latter a hard-fought traversing 1,000 kilometers miles) over four The winner both times was Antakari, from the Universidad de la and Illapel Polytechnic as well as from the Los Pelambres copper The third running of the race is set for November. (See related What You Don’t Know Solar Power. )

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Tesla’s SolarCity

Photograph by Car Culture, Corbis

Motors says you should be to run your car on solar energy waiting for engineers to work out the of integrating photovoltaic panels a vehicle rooftop. (See Pictures: Eleven Electric Charge Ahead, Amid .)

The company’s vision is to install canopies above its supercharging which in 30 minutes can provide juice for a Tesla Model S electric sedan to travel an 170 miles (105.6 kilometers). of all, the charge-up is free of (See related, Range Fact or Fiction? )

Tesla is a network of supercharging stations to Model S owners across of the United States and parts of by the end of this year. (See In Tesla Motors-NYT Spat, Realities About Electric .)

And the company says it plans to cover all of its supercharger stations solar panels, with a of lowering the cost of electricity and concerns about the carbon associated with plug-in that draw energy fossil-fuel-burning power plants. We are Model S the ability to drive anywhere for free on pure Tesla CEO Elon Musk in a statement about the project. But at point, the supercharge stations—solar or not compatible with other EVs on the (See related, Tesla Success Gives Electric Car a Charge .)

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Prius with Solar

Photograph by Toru Yamanaka,

The Toyota Prius is the most hybrid electric-gas car on the market, but it has available since the 2010 year with a solar-powered system as an option. Here, an is wiping down the solar on the rooftop of a prototype at Fuji in Oyama, Japan, in 2009.

But who fork over extra for the solar panels should be that they won’t energy to move the vehicle. the solar roof powers a fan circulates ambient air through the when the Prius is parked in sunlight. If you want to stay park in the sun, Toyota on its web site. (See related, the Limit: Wealthy Nations Out on Travel? )

Published January 9, 2014

University’s Green Dragon

by Harley Soltes, National

Engineering student and driver Yeung smiles from behind the bubble of Drexel University’s Dragon during technical of the team’s solar vehicle at Eco-marathon Americas in Houston in May (See related, Students Super-Efficient Cars in Eco-marathon .)

cars compete against alternative vehicles as well as with internal combustion in the annual contest on three to design and build the most vehicle. While the conventional and diesel-powered vehicles in the race are designed to look like the Drexel students admitted they had to forgo a sleek (See related, Drexel Take On the Solar Car Challenge .) aim was to go wide in order to produce as energy as possible from the panels. But they gave the car a so there would be a smooth of air over the car and a tapered edge. related, Pictures: Building the Solar Car. )

The Drexel students won the solar car that year with a of  90 miles (144 kilometers) per Using the standard that the Environmental Protection Agency has for the new Chevy Volt, Nissan and other electric vehicles, equates 33.7 kilowatt-hours of to one gallon of gasoline, their was the equivalent of 3,033 miles per (1,290 kilometers per liter).

energy efficiency that really shine, if automakers only capture the technology for the market.

Published January 9,

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