By BOB GRITZINGER | Contributing Editor The instrument panel "Driving…
I recently came across an article from GreenProphet.com about how solar energy could be implemented into EVs (electric vehicles) down the road. I couldn’t help but ponder what the means for the future of cars and their designs. Could this mean that auto manufacturers will begin designing solar energy into their vehicles in the near future? Can you imagine seeing the beautiful Tesla S2 (pictured below) donned with sleek solar panels the Frankfurt Auto Show? Think of it as the new carbon fiber.
Who knows. In another five years we could be witnessing car makers – especially those like Tesla and Fisker – seeking out ways to develop paper-thin solar panels that seamlessly integrate onto a vehicle’s glass roof panels, rear windows, hood or even the tops of the side-view mirrors. It’s really an ingenious thought, and one that I believe will certainly be explored sooner rather than later.
What do you think about integrating solar panels into both electric vehicles and other everyday? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below!
Designing a car that’s both stylish and good for the environment, in my opinion, is the essence of being “solar chic.”
- Ford and SunPower offer rooftop solar panels to offset electricity used to charge EVs (gizmag.com)
- U.S. Posted a Trade Surplus in Solar Technologies, Study Finds (nytimes.com)
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