With the growing popularity of electric cars, solar-powered vehicles are no longer a far-fetched idea. Indeed, companies are increasingly turning to renewable energy sources to fuel the future of the transportation industry.
While many solar-powered vehicles are still in the early stages of development, there are a number of concept cars that appear to be viable options. The majority of these vehicles feature solar panel on the roof that absorb energy while the car is moving. One unique example of this approach is a 3D-printed vehicle that uses bespoke solar panels on the body of the car to capture the sun's rays from every angle.
While these kinds of hybrid vehicles are in high-demand among consumers, they may also be used by other industries as well. For example, a Uganda-based startup called Kiira Motors Corporation has created a solar-powered bus that could make public transit even more eco-friendly. Another unique use of solar power is exemplified by the MRV100 food cart, which could cut down on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by food trucks.
From 3D-Printed Solar Cars to Autonomous Sailing Vessels
Katherine Pendrill — May 27, 2016 — Autos
Individual Three-Wheeled Racers
This Student-Designed 3D-Printed Vehicle is a Clever Hybrid
The Sunnyclist Features a Rooftop Solar Panel and Pedals For Passengers
Hanergy's Innovative E-Vehicles Never Need To Be Plugged In
Solar-Powered Electric Boats
The SolarSkiff is Designed to Make Electric Boating More Accessible
The Kayoola is the First Solar Bus Developed In Africa
Audacious Car Concepts
The Acabion Da Vinci is Touted as Being the Successor to the Car
Solar-Powered Family Cars
The Stella Lux Has a Range of Over 1,000 Kilometers
Cartoonish Mini Buses
This Versatile Concept E-Car Has a Range of Technological Features
Aerodynamic Solar Cars
The Immortus Sports Car is Capable of Providing Unlimited Range
Compact Commuter Helicopters
The Eduardo Galvani Fly Citycopter Plane is Designed for Transit
3D-Printed Solar Cars
Students at NTU Created a Futuristic Car Design with Additive Manufacturing