One of the most popular renewable energy in the Philippines is solar energy. Filipinos are starting to invest into it and install it in their own homes and businesses to make an effort to lower down their electricity bill while also helping out in the issue of climate change.
Solar energy is not only a rising trend in the Philippines but also throughout the entire world. Moreover, it is not only being used as a way to lower down the cost of electricity but also gas as well. In fact, solar vehicles from all over the globe are being innovated and invented. Find out more information about these cars by reading below.
List of Solar Vehicles
ThyssenKrupp SunRiser or PowerCore SunRiser was made by Hochschule Bochum in Germany for the World Solar Challenge in 2015. It can seat two people at once and is equipped with comfort electronics and two wheel hub electronic engines.
It has a 3 m² solar roof that has a maximum power of 870 Wp. Its speed can go up to 120km/h and can travel up to 600 kilometres with just one solar charge per day.
Another German solar vehicle on this list is the SolarWorld GT, which has had participated at the World Solar Challenge in the year 2011. This automobile has been built with two 3 m² solar roof; one in its roof and one in its trunk.
Fiat headed an EU project in May 2010 to April 2013 which led to the development of the P-Mob, a solar three seater vehicle. This mini car works on a four-wheel drive. It originated in Italy.
Eclectic is a solar car that has originated in Monaco and has been built by the manufacturer Venturi Automobiles in 2006. It can travel up to the speed of 50 km/h. It was originally a prototype that was supposed to be released in the market however its serial production never started.
Metron 7 is originally converted from a Mazda 5 by a Metron team lead by Andrej Pecjak in 2014 in Slovenia. They received a grant permitting them to use this vehicle publically.
Lois Palmer has travelled around the world using the Solar Taxi. During the travel, the (solar) energy it uses was being delivered from a trailer and from a power grid that a solar installation is producing in Switzerland. Its power consumption is 8kWh/100 km.
Stella and Stella Lux
Both solar vehicles were innovated by Eindhoven University in the Netherlands for the 2013 and 2015 World Solar Challenge respectively. The two of them won each of the challenges, with Stella winning the crunchies award.
Stella is the first solar automobile which was purposely designed for ordinary road travel even though, its aesthetic styling does not follow traditional sedans you can find in places like the USA.
Toyota’s 2010 Prius
Toyota has yet to fully develop a vehicle which runs completely on solar energy but the company has definitely started expanding on its solar feature integration function that they have so far incorporated to the 2010 Prius.
This model is the very first automobile to use a cooling system powered by the sun. It actually automatically starts when the car’s interior reaches 68 degrees F. Its design has already been incorporated fully into the traditional styling of the basic sedan.
As you can see, most solar-powered vehicles in this list are not being distributed publically (aside from Toyota’s Prius), but all of them point towards one direction, that there is a bright future to look forward to; one that involves solar vehicles.