Self Powered Electric Vehicles
9/2/2009 Sunseeker III, 2 person airplane, test flight in 2010.
8/20/2009 Planet Solar press release
8/14/2009 2009 Sunrider, new 10 passenger solar boat sold by Navgathi Marine.
8/2/2009 Marcelo and the The Power of One has reached Inuvik, NW Territories again for a new high of 22,151 miles on solar power alone.
7/29/2009 CHP Power
6/26/2009 Power of One has arrived in Alberta (6/26/09), and has driven over 18,000 miles using only sunshine as fuel.
6/4/2009 2009 Loon is introduced by Buffalo Solar Boats of Ontario, Canada.
4/26/2009 Chevy Volt mule test drive, 4/29/09
This video shows a combination house and car, both have solar panels and together they produce all their electricity. The house is grid connected so has no batteries, produces excess power most months, and yearly makes a profit on electricity. The simple inexpensive design is very elegant. The car is a conversion, with a limited range, but cost less than $6,000. The solar panels on the car can provide a few miles range per day and also extend the range, but the car can be plugged into the house to provide daily use.
|Sunseeker III, 2 person airplane, test flight in 2010.|
|2009 Sunrider, new 10 passenger solar boat sold by Navgathi Marine.|
|2009 Loon, new solar boat sold by Buffalo Solar Boats, Ontario, Canada.|
|Foton by Humber Boats, new solar boat sold by Humber Boats of Canada.|
|4/26/09 Cal Sol, of Berkeley, California. New car for 2009.|
|4/14/09 Sunchaser, student, AUS and Siemens built Sunchaser in 2009.|
|4/11/09 Cruise Cars, wide selection of solar powered cars now in production.|
|4/8/09 GM Sunraycer, winner of the first World Solar Challenge in 1987.|
|4/4/09 Island Pilot DSe, hybid 40' yacht that can run on solar power alone.|
|4/1/09 University of Arizona Xebra, just put into service the end of March 2009.|
|3/24/09 Eclectic, design by Venturi of France, production to begin fall 2009.|
|3/23/09PlanetSolar, 30 meter solar powered boat set to circumnavigate the globe in 2010.|
|3/16/09 Helios, flew to 96,863 feet altitude in 2001|
|3/15/09 Solar Taxi, traveled 53,000 km on a trip around the world, finished early 2009|
|3/13/09, Solar Shuttle RA 82, operates in Hamburg harbor, Germany. Capacity 120 people.|
|3/12/09 Sol Invuctus, Iowa State's entry in the 2008 North American Solar Challenge, 8th place|
|3/9/09 Solar Sailor, Australian company that manufactures pleasure craft, ferries, and modifies cargo ships.|
|3/8/09 Quant, Koenigsegg of Sweden is working on this "car of the future".|
|3/7/09 Solar Challanger, first solar powered plane cross the English Channel, 1981|
|3/6/09 Collinda, 22 foot catamaran that crossed the English channel in 1997|
|3/5/09 Solar Bajaj, solar three wheeled passenger vehicle used daily in Surrey, England.|
|3/4/09, GossamerPenguin, first solar powered plane to carry a pilot, 1979|
|3/3/09, Osprey, 32 foot catamaran by Tamarack Lake Electric Boat Company|
|3/2/09 Sol Machine 7, solar race car by Newburg Free Academy high school of New York.|
|3/1/09 Malt's Mermaid, world record for fastest solar powered crossing of Pacific from Hawaii to Japan in 1996.|
|2/28/09 Ra7, 2009 racer from Principia College, 2nd place in 2008 North America Solar Challenge.|
|2/27/09, Aquabus, solar powered 24 passenger boat, built by MW-Line of Switzerland|
|2/26/09, Sunseeker II, flying in Europe in 2009|
|2/25/09 Eleanor, 2009 racer from MIT, 90 mph.|
|2/24/09 Solar Shuttle, solar powered 42 passenger ferry in London, England, 2006.|
|2/22/09 The Power of One, also known as X of 1, the world record holder for distance traveled in a solar car, 2008-9.|
|2007 Loon, production solar powered catamaran by Tamarack Lake Electric Boats.|
|2/20/09, UCF Zenn, U. of Central Florida, Zenn completely solar powered, with air conditioning!|
|2/19/09, Sunseeker I, flew across the United States in 1990|
|Sun 21, crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2007|
|Solar powered cars are not new, but they may be outnumbered by solar powered boats. The University of Michigan has won the North American Solar Challenge 5 times, in 2008 with their Continuum, the 9th solar car from the University of Micigan. This 2400 mile race from Texas to Canada was completed in just 10 days, averaging 240 miles per day. The car also competed in the 2007 World Solar Challenge, a 3,000 kilometer race across Australia, finishing 7th. After an early crash, they passed 25 cars to finish 7th.|
There are many examples of SPEV's, it is not a new technology, but they get better every year. I built my first SPEV in the 1980's with a golf cart and three 30 watt solar panels. I used it for years in my business, and never plugged it in to charge, it's only power was sunshine.
In 2008, the solar catamaran Sun21 powered across the Atlantic from England to the US, at an average speed of 6 knots, day and night.
There are many SPEV competitions on Earth, one is the World Solar Challenge, where entrants race across Australia on solar power alone, and they are required to NOT break the speed limit (because they can!).
SPEV's have been in use for years. Progress is being made. We already have SPEV's that can carry a human over 200 miles per day as in the Solar Challenge, or several humans across an ocean as the Sun21, or 1 human across the United States as the Sunseeker 1. As technology and batteries improve, the range and speed will increase, and the payload will increase. We are just beginning.