MemberOctober 11, 2021 at 10:52 am
Yes, agree, that probably at least 1/3 of solar panels will practically be sitting idle. Although here’s a consideration. With solar panels on the roof only they were not able to charge up to 40 km. But when they put solar panels in all the places then they could, at the expense of sacrificing the panels wherein the sun is not.
A couple of years ago that would have seemed very wasteful, but the cost of flex panels has come down to pretty much dirt cheap nowadays and will continue to do so. So it’s no longer a cost-driver.
And in this vehicle, as with the Aptera, the individual solar cells/panels are clearly visible but what I anticipate which may ultimately happen is that the wrap itself will be one large array of solar microcells. i.e. ala https://www.vox.com/2016/6/23/11998908/ultra-thin-solar-cells
And then, within only a few years of that, the use of photovoltaic paint, once that too has reached its proper maturity level. These PV-cells will be so darn cheap that the whole wrap gets placed on the vehicles and then simply disable the ones where a cut had to be made for the vehicle’s angles, but what it will be able to do is afford yet even more surface area from which to obtain and transform energy for storage.
“The least efficient place to put solar is on the car.”
–Elon Musk, 2017 (who’l likely eating or soon to be eating those words up. lol)
IMHO, to me at least, it seems, the future is looking mighty bright! 😎 🌞 🌻
What this all means is that, with the right to repair as well as with newer models the Aptera, with how batteries and solar is evolving, will likely be able to charge at least 60 miles per day on a future full-solar package. And expect that range to go up by another 30% on the batteries too, for the same amount of weight and form/fit factor.
I can’t wait!