As several companies around the world move closer to mass-producing solar-powered electric vehicles, a team from China has taken it one step further by building a solar-powered vehicle that runs entirely on solar power. Introducing Tianjin solar car.
Lightyear recently showed off the production version of its Lightyear 0 SEV, which will also begin production later this year.
In Tianjin, China, the team has taken sustainable travel to a whole new level by developing the country's first solar car that gets its range from the sun alone.
The Tianjin solar car recently debuted at the 6th World Intelligence Conference and began a new tour of mainland China. The solar car was developed in just five months by 42 companies and three universities. It includes 47 advanced technologies, some of which are present in top-level vehicles in the automotive industry.
For example, the solar car Tianjin is reported to be equipped for autonomous driving at "Level 4 and above." The solar module area of this vehicle is 8.1 square meters, which is much larger than the SEV, like Lightyear, which is equipped with 5 square meters of cells ... and this is a lot. Here are some other important features of China's first solar powered vehicle:
- Places for three plus the driver;
- Car dimensions: length 4080 mm, width 1770 mm, height 1811 mm;
- Wheelbase is 2850mm;
- Vehicle weight: 1020 kg (2250 lbs);
- Maximum daily electricity generation: 7.6 kWh on sunny days;
- The vehicle is equipped with a battery with an energy density of 330 Wh/kg;
- Maximum tested range is 74.8 km;
- Top speed is 79.2 km/h (49 mph);
- Carbon emissions can be reduced by 25 kg per 100 km;
The car provides a proof of concept for vehicles that can be powered entirely by a natural source of clean energy. It's interesting to think about the possibilities this solar car creates for future engineers developing the means for all of us to get around without emissions.