A team in China has taken sustainable transportation a step further by developing a solar vehicle that runs solely on solar energy. Several companies around the world are moving closer to mass-producing solar EVs, but the Chinese team has taken sustainable transportation a step further by developing a solar vehicle that runs solely on solar energy. Presenting the Tianjin solar vehicle.
Several EV firms share the notion that gaining range from the enormous gas-burning sphere that looms over us each day seems like a no-brainer. Aptera’s second attempt to bring a solar-powered electric vehicle to market in California is on schedule for later this year.
Lightyear recently debuted the production version of the Lightyear 0 SEV overseas, which will also enter production later this year. Sono Motors is nearing the validation prototype phase for its flagship Sion electric vehicle in Germany, which is slated for production in 2023.
In 2016, the Chinese business Hanergy introduced the Solar-R, a solar-powered automobile. Hanergy supplied the vehicle with a battery pack and a converter so it could refuel on a charging pile if necessary, despite the fact that its primary function was to operate solely on solar power. Cowards.
A team in Tianjin, China, has taken sustainable transport to a whole new level by constructing the country’s first solar car that derives its range only from the sun. Look into it.
The Tianjin is China’s first solar-powered car.
Recently, the Tianjin solar car debuted at the sixth World Intelligence Conference and began a fresh tour of mainland China. According to Chinese media, the solar car was built by 42 enterprises and three institutions in just five months. It is equipped with 47 innovative technology, some of which may be found in top-tier automobiles.
Supposedly, the Tianjin solar car is equipped for autonomous driving at “Level 4 and higher.” This vehicle’s solar module size is 8,1 square metres, which is significantly larger than a SEV like the Lightyear), which is equipped with 5 square metres of cells… and that is quite a lot. Here are some additional essential specifications for China’s first solar-powered vehicle:
- Seating for four, including the driver
- Vehicle dimensions: 4,080 mm in length, 1,770 mm in width, and 1,811 mm in height (13.4 x 5.8 x 5.9 ft.)
- Wheelbase is 2,850 mm (9.4 feet)
- Body weight: 1,020 kg (2,250 lbs.)
- During bright days, the maximum daily electricity generation is 7.6 kWh.
- The vehicle’s battery pack possesses an energy density of 330 Wh/kg.
- The maximum tested range is 74.8 kilometres (47 miles).
- Maximum speed is 79.2km/h (49 mph)
- 25 kg per 100 km of carbon emissions can be lowered (55 lbs. per 62 miles)
- Not awe-inspiring stats compared to a solar EV, or any EV for that matter, but still rather respectable given that these statistics are derived solely from solar energy. That is, to say the least, exciting.
The Tianjin presents, at the very least, proof of concept for cars that can be totally powered by a natural (and plentiful) source of renewable energy. It’s fascinating to consider the potential this solar car presents for future engineers building emission-free modes of transportation for everyone.