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The Solar Car Revolution Could Change EVs Forever

Engineers are one step closer to harnessing the Sun to power your next car, giving the auto industry renewed interest in solar. In other words, the solar-powered car revolution is coming.

For centuries now, countless inventors and innovators have tried to harness the power of the Sun. And today, the dream of using solar energy to power transportation is pushing automotive technology to its limits. But building a practical solar car–one that can actually compete with fossil fuel vehicles and today’s EVs–has never really seemed possible.

Until now, you may have already seen solar cars with similar out-of-this-world designs before. But these vehicles aren’t just attention-grabbing concept cars or experimental solar racers built for competition. These cars are designed and engineered for the everyday commute.

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It looks like the Batmobile, works on solar energy, and could be the future of cars… “Aptera Motors, a California company whose name comes from the ancient Greek for “wingless,” is rolling out the first mass-produced solar car this year. It’s a three-wheel, ultra-aerodynamic electric vehicle covered in 34 square feet of solar cells. The car is so efficient that, on a clear day, those cells alone could provide enough energy to drive about 40 miles — more than twice the distance of the average American’s commute.”

The Lightyear One is a prototype ‘solar car’ with 450 miles of range… “Lightyear has unveiled the first prototype of the Lightyear One, an electric vehicle covered in solar panels that it plans to start delivering to consumers in 2021.”

Global sales of electric cars accelerate fast in 2020 despite pandemic… “Global sales of electric cars accelerated fast in 2020, rising by 43% to more than 3m, despite overall car sales slumping by a fifth during the coronavirus pandemic. Tesla was the brand selling the most electric cars, delivering almost 500,000, followed by Volkswagen.”

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