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  • Stanford's Luminos World Solar Challenge car (Image: Stanford Solar Car Project)

    The sun can power many things, but it takes a lot of math to realize it's not ideal for powering cars.

  • Design for new Aptera electric car, Aug 2019
    Aptera claims its solar-powered electric three-wheeler needs no charging

    Aptera says its three-wheeled electric car can be charged by solar energy alone.

  • Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono
    Science Turns Solar Cells Into So Much Krylon

    Solar panels are popular for everything from heating water to charging electric cars like the Tesla [NSDQ:TSLA] Model S, but they can be expensive to manufacture and hard to install. Soon, though, you may be able to spray solar cells onto a surface to collect energy from the sun. Researchers at the...

  • A New Use For (Parts From) Old Cars: Build Yourself A House

    A Berkeley, California architecture firm has incorporated sheet metal and side windows from scrapped cars into an architecturally unique and energy-efficient home.

  • Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono
    Solar Tech Could Be Improved Thanks To 13-Year Old Student

    Solar panel technology has, thus far, not been of much use for automobiles. You may be able to specify a small solar panel on the 2011 Nissan Leaf or 2012 Toyota Prius, but it's mainly used to top up the energy needed to power accessories such as your air conditioning or in-car entertainment. As a...

  • NAO Ecco electric camper van
    What's That Ecco? High Tech, Green, Electric Camper Van

    Going straight onto All Car Tech's list of things we want is a new electric camper van by design collective NAU, known as Ecco. Describing it as a camper van almost doesn't do it justice, though. The teardropped vehicle is more like a Transformer, changing from efficient and spacious vehicle into a...

  • Kurt Busch wins the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Photo by Flickr user Ross Harmes

    It might seem ironic that on the weekend the NASCAR Cup series visited Infineon Raceway in Northern California, the circuit chose to announce the completion of its large solar arrays. As over forty NASCAR racers tore around the circuit for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 on Saturday and Sunday, spectators got a great view of more than 1,600 solar panels that will provide around 41 percent of the circuit's energy usage, and save energy equivalent to 34,000 barrels of oil over the next 30 years. The solar panels are part of the Raceway's push towards sustainability. Motor sport isn't the cleanest of...

  • Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono
    Solar Windows For Buildings: Will Cars Get The Tech Next?

    A Californian start-up has just received an award of $100,000 as part of the "GE ecomagination Challenge" for an energy-saving idea that could change the way that buildings are constructed. Pythagoras Solar from San Mateo has created windows laced with solar cells and the potential benefits for...

  • Audi solar powered EV charging station
    Audi Demonstrates Solar Powered Charging Stations For EVs

    Electric vehicle backers love to tout the fact that the so-called green vehicles don’t produce any emissions and don’t rely on dirty fossil fuels dug up out of the ground, but at the end of the day their electrical energy has to come from somewhere--and more often than not it comes from...

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