Imagine (Again): A Car, Powered By Free Sunshine
EVs are, nice wouldn’t there be (putting range and price aside for a moment) one niggling problem: The power has to come from somewhere. And currently, the exhaust that will no longer be produced by the car, will come out of the smokestacks of a mostly coal fired power plant. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could power our cars from sunshine alone? Definitely renewable. And free. Honda is trying to do just that.
Sorry, forget about solar panels on roof and hood of the car. The power produced that way literally won’t get you far. But what about much larger solar panels on the roofs of your house or large parking garages? Now we are getting in the realm of the possible.
Honda said today that they will conduct a joint trial with Japan’s Saitama Prefecture to “examine the potential of low-carbon transportation systems driven by solar power,” as The Nikkei [sub] reports.
The study focuses mainly on train stations, where cars are parked during the day until the salaryman returns from the city. Large solar panels on the roofs of these stations could provide sufficient power to recharge the battery for the short ride home. Which also has the benefit of a clearly defined range.
“Joint use,” i.e. sharing of EVs, will also be studied.