Solar-paneled photovoltaic (PV) cell-driven power used in electric cars states a strong case for continued vitality.
Environmentally, the ozone layer is preserved, and the visibility and eye-burning problems of California smog are removed along with the health issues, a boon for the world’s eighth-largest economy.
Otherwise economically, solar energy is fast becoming cash for cars. The break-even point is $3.50 per gallon of gasoline, and depleting oil reserves promise higher future pump prices.
This factor will only rapidly magnify with further solar technology refinement. Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_vehicle, page 2 of 9, states that there is a 22% cost reduction per doubling of production volume for solar panels.
A remaining obstacle is the solar paneling coping with vibrations. Another is that glass adds great weight to the panels. While somewhat expensive, PV cells have about a 30 year lifespan, so they potentially have high cost-effectiveness.
Maintenance savings is considerable, with no more oil changes, oil filters and lube jobs or repairs now directly linked to gasoline. Less working parts means greater efficiency and less upfront costs, equipoising solar design expenses.
The sun’s easy accessibility is an enormous factor. Natural ground resources impose the added expense not only of digging or drilling, but shipping and other transport as well. These factors can be cost prohibitive.
Likewise, oil will still be prominent. A plethora of vital uses will remain, such as for clothing, tire manufacturing and plastics. Plastics are used extensively in solar cars. Thus, major oil companies can smoothly transition into the new economy.
Solar’s diversity is another plus. Being also instrumental in home energy and boating, whether solar cars themselves sink or swim, solar energy’s general longevity is independently assured.
NASA nanotechnology is a potentially potent weapon in addressing lingering solar car concerns, including solar panel production volume, overall size and weight. A cooperative effort between NASA and private businesses is highly recommended.
Such efforts have previously impressed. The DeBakey VAD (ventricular assist device) heart implant, e.g., has borrowed from Space Shuttle fuel pump technology. (http://www.sti.nasa.gov/tto/spinoff2002/hm_3.html).
Properly managed, solar cars’ presence on American highways will only multiply for years to come.
Bio: Samuel has been interested in cars ever since he was a young child. Now he works for a company that assist people that need to sell there car. If you’re asking “how can I sell my car?” Samuel is the man to see.