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  • Jan 25, 2021

By definition, solar-powered cars only run on solar power. However, in most cases, they are powered on partially by the sun and have a complimentary battery under the hood to increase their reach. Ultimately, the term describes battery electric vehicles with solar panels on their roof to charge the battery on the go. The solar panels extend the reach of such cars by approx 7 miles per hour. Considering the average travel distance & time, such an extension does make sense. 

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Matt Chester on Jan 25, 2021

Still seems to be closer to science project than commercial application, but perhaps they'll breakthrough and be able to at least serve very specific niche areas (similar to how electric planes don't look reasonable for most future air travel, but in very specific low-weight, low-distance applications they could have a future)

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Markus Dirnbacher on Feb 7, 2021

I think it could be a good symbiosis with smaller batteries and these extra 7 miles an hour (hopefully more in future) to cover the average travel distance per day.

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