Solar Powered Cars – Pros and Cons

Filed under: Solar Powered Cars - 26 Mar 2010  | Spread the word !

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Imagine being completely environmentally-friendly and significantly reducing your carbon footprint by driving a solar powered car! The benefits seem obvious. You wouldn’t have to pay for gas, you could reduce the pollution being emitted into the environment, and you’d be staying on top of one of the most modern trends there is! But, while solar powered cars have already been made and used, the idea that we’ll all soon be driving one is still quite a ways off.

One of the first problems faced when dealing with solar powered cars is that they need to be extremely lightweight in order to be able to move. Because of this, usually only one person can ride in them at a time because the car cannot power the extra weight of a whole other person.

Another disadvantage to solar powered cars is that currently there is no way to power them other than the solar paneling on the car. Because of this, the car must rely on it having access to the sun in order for it to be powered. This means that those who use parking garages or covers of any kind will not be able to use their solar powered car. And not to mention that if it’s a cloudy day, you can pretty much cancel your plans.

But while solar powered cars aren’t necessarily an entirely feasible idea yet, they have come a long way. Not only has the research and development of solar powered cars allowed for great strides to be made in other areas of solar powering, but researchers are also coming up with ways for cars to be partially solar powered.

The idea that solar powered cars can be connected to gas lines and batteries is one such advancement. And while these alternatives too, have a long way to go, they are still great advancements that are paving the way for even further development. And who knows where the road of solar powered cars will go? A few years ago even the idea of partially solar powered cars seemed farfetched!

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