MemberOctober 28, 2021 at 7:43 am
It’s a Sprinter van with a solar roof – good for 2400 miles a year of free driving! It also has an air filter in the grill to clean the air as it drives along.
Also, a few hours later – A solar pickup truck/van from EdisonFuture! I kinda want one.
Looks like Aptera may be in stiff competition on the solar side of things. But they still reign supreme on efficiency…
MemberNovember 17, 2021 at 6:16 am
Day in the sun: Sono Group ( SEV) is due to start trading this morning, with an IPO that is attracting attention.
The German solar-powered car startup, which priced shares at $15, is
seeking a valuation of more than $1B and also checks the box of being
pre-revenue. Sono already has 16K reservations for its Sion solar
electric vehicle, which it believes will be the next big wave in
e-mobility, and hopes to take the solar concept to trucks, trailers
and even buses. ( 71 comments)
MemberNovember 17, 2021 at 7:28 am
Randy I believe this is the thread you’re looking for:
MemberNovember 17, 2021 at 9:14 am
EdisonFuture thread also:
Van also in the comments.
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 7:15 am
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 11:32 am
Yep! More coming too.
As long as they are chasing Apetera’s tail with less efficient and inferior performance I am OK with it as it advances the greater good goals of more Eco friendly transportation especially in the truck category
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 4:11 pm
I wont contact them for acquiring our coral interior. lol
It’s all CGI and it is a pretty truck but I think they could have redone the front end for more efficiency. I also wonder how long that retracting rear solar section will work if anyone ever plans to do any real work with it. I just see it getting jammed up with grit and dirt causing issues with retractability. And my biggest complaint with all trucks is why they have to sit so high off the ground? It makes everything harder for everyone unless you’re 6′ tall.
Still there’s not much of a wow factor in either of them for me.
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 4:34 pm
I’m a lot less sold on the solar on vehicles than most – honestly if we had a solar free option I’d take it. If parking indoors or areas with shade production will be a fraction of the potential. It will either under produce or be useless when the battery is too full. Even at the very cheap price per panel they charge for the option it still will take 10+ years to break even. Traditional solar will always be more cost efficient.
Solar on a vehicle is a convenience for those in the right climate and situation but will never be as economical as solar on a roof and plugging the car in.
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 9:30 pm
I agree on the greater efficiency of solar on the roof as long as i can legally install panels without permits and without all the additional infrastructure required by electricity company.
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 11:13 pm
I could probably fit ten times as much solar on my roof as on the Aptera, but the cost would be 15 times the cost of the panels on the Aptera for a proper grid tie due to regulations and installation cost. Probably 20 times the cost with a decent sized battery backup. Grid tied solar needs to be scaled up significantly more than is possible with my small roof to be more economical than solar on the Aptera.
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 7:29 pm
2 seaters can follow each other like train track cars in a train, or replace 4 seater or 6 seater, while allowing multiple drivers go their own way with a passenger and maybe some space, especially given most people drive alone with not much storage space being used most the time and b/c incresing need and want for both husband wife to go to work at different places at similar/same time plus grocery and other acitivty, software allow one car to follow another like traincar in train track, so 1 driver with 3 passenger, b/c both cars are powered,normal trailer driving style of slower braking and turning vs normal driving, is not needed…. all with computer programming. ridesharing is usually done for one customer at a time too given people move alone most the time.
effiency in running cost payoff such maybe its even less cost over ownership time vs buying minivan or 4 seater, maybe 4 seater and 2 seater replaces minivan, etc.2 cheap two seaters with a app to make one of them auto follow the other like a train. this allows husband wife to goto different places at same time which is unfortunately becoming more common b/c rising cost of living. maybe teh cars can be efficiency optimized for city (lighter weight and more compact but less aerodynamics) except there could be a removable and/or folding front end areo foil similar to what freight trucks use in teh space above truck roof, covering the trailer.
Have compact city car then have detachable areo like or front end of f1 car, etc. i dont think anyone is going to want a second car with increasing cost of living. people will probbably live in compact areas b/c cheap, so most shops etc are nearby given lot of population desnity per shop. so, low speed travel will increase. So compact car is grea.t for these conditions.https://www.youtube.com/c/NotJustBikeshttps://www.youtube.com/c/NotJustBikes
MemberNovember 19, 2021 at 7:31 pm
semi tucks and a mini semi truck chassis probably enough after the 2 seater. trailers and detachable tuck beds.