Running on sunshine: Solar power becomes energy source for electric vehicles

Running on sunshine: Solar power becomes energy source for electric vehicles

The future of electric vehicle charging could become cleaner as many projects (with varying degrees of success) look to solar energy as an immediate way to charge batteries.

The principle is to take direct advantage of the sun to recharge your batteries throughout the day, rather than having to find a terminal to recharge your car or use a domestic outlet for your bike or scooter battery.

The latest concept in this area comes from Indonesia, where designer Fajar Ismail imagined a small electric motorcycle that incorporates a solar panel.

Called Stellar Landcraft, this project is strongly inspired by the Atom Alpha from the Indonesian manufacturer Quest Motors, to which it has added an Ohlins suspension, a new saddle and a screen which provides the driver with useful information, in particular the level of battery charge.

Credit: Fajar Ismail

Installed right in front of the saddle, where the tank cap is usually located on a "classic" motorcycle, this small solar panel allows you to continuously recharge the machine while it is parked outside. Even while driving, it continues to accumulate energy.

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For now, this is just a graphic designer's dream, but the idea of solar energy as a power source for electric vehicles is gaining traction.

This is already the case, for example, with Hyundai, which has installed a solar roof on its Sonata, but also with the municipality of Munich, which is currently experimenting with buses also equipped with a solar roof, or with a Canadian start-up that has developed small autonomous boats equipped with solar panels.

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