Why Don’t We Have Solar Powered Cars? (Video)

The sales of hybrid vehicles have already surpassed traditional cars in many countries, and the purely electrical models are gaining ground in the market very rapidly at even faster pace. However, charging an electrical car is usually associated with at least some inconveniences, mainly because of an inferior driving range and long charging times. Why can’t we build solar-only powered cars?

Cars powered only by the energy of sun do exist. But for now their variety is limited to prototype models.

Cars powered only by the energy of sun do exist. But for now their variety is limited to prototype models. Image credit: TU Eindhoven, Bart van Overbeeke via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

There are some automotive manufacturers that have been experimenting with roof-mounted solar panels, and you can even order such models today. But can these photovoltaic panels provide enough energy to meet your daily driving needs? Are they expensive to acquire and to maintain during the entire lifecycle of your car? Are there any other hidden issues? The following video discusses the question why solar powered vehicles are still far from the mainstream market:

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