Every driver’s dream. An electric car capable of recharging its batteries without connecting to the network, parked on the street. That is precisely one of the purposes of two solar cars that we have shown you these days, the Aptera and the Light year 0. But, why not a solar electric motorcycle?
These days design was as interesting as we know the project itself, the Stellar Land Crafts that was designed by designer Fajar Ismail, based on the small electric scooter Motor Questwould be a glimpse the idea of an electric and solar scooternot only for use on our planet, but also for space missions.
But would that be possible?
The difficulties of a solar motorcycle
The big problem with a vehicle that has a solar recharge is the requirements for power generation using photovoltaic panels that, first of all, huge area required and, secondly, even that the surface that a vehicle can offer is reasonable, the performance they offer is still very limited.
So vehicles like the Aptera have solar panels spread over the entire upper surface of the vehicle and vehicles like the Lightyear 0 have optimized their plant – also to optimize their aerodynamics – to reach a huge area – 5.08 meters long by 1.97 meters wide – much better than most passenger cars.
Still, the solar charging capacity of Aptera and Lightyear 0 – equivalent to 40 miles per day, respectively, and up to 45 miles per day in very favorable conditions – is quite limited. So either way, these electric vehicles will be able to recharge their solar panels with enough energy to be able to operate continuously without stopping recharging by connecting to the network. While true, they offer ample solar charging capacity to make their proposal interesting, at least when they are always parked outdoors and, preferably, in areas with moderately high insulation.
Although Aptera and Lightyear 0 have photovoltaic panels scattered throughout their plant, their recharging performance is still moderate and it would be very difficult to apply solar panels to an electric motorcycle.
Returning to Fajar Ismail’s proposal, we must say that the result is at least tasty. Tubular design for a cool and attractive scooter, but with a small solar panel that we fear would be very limited, in a real project, offering enough charging power to be useful.
Even on a space mission, on Mars, or on the Moon, reloading capacity using solar panels would be limited. In fact, even in highly efficient space exploration vehicles such as Curiosity, Spirit and Opportunity, engineers have had to devise hibernation and winter strategies, or combine solar panels with other methods of obtaining energy, such as radioisotope generation, to make sure their vehicles are there. fulfilled the mission entrusted to them.
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