The technology that is used in solar powered cars has been mainly used for bicycles, aerospace, alternative energy, etc. Solar cars are mainly seen in car races but there have been several utility vehicles developed these days. These cars have gauges and it is important for the driver to monitor the gauges so that all possible problems can be averted. PV cells are also present in these cars that have the capability of converting sunlight directly into electricity. The PV cells contain semiconductor materials. Some of the popular cars that are solar powered have been listed below.
Quant has been developed by a Swedish firm named Koenisegg and uses the combination of pyrite and solar energy. This car was displayed at the Geneva Motor Show and the company has said that this car can be fully recharged in 20 minutes. It also has a range of 300 miles.
This is another futuristic car that gets a triangular designing. It has a solar powered panel at the roof and this panel is used to provide power to the engine. The designing of this car has been inspired by the design of a boat and it is visible through the aerodynamism of the car.
Italdesign Giugiaro Quaranta
The batteries fitted in this car are completely dependent on solar energy and they collect energy through panels located in the front end and at the top. It has a very sleek design done by Italdesign Giugiaro.
Mercedes-Benz Formula Zero
This luxury car brand has made its entry into the segment of solar powered cars through Formula Zero. The Formula Zero is a concept car that had been used in the Los Angeles challenge in 2008. There is an electronic motor in all the wheels of the car and its batteries get power through a solar layer that is aero-efficient.
This car has an exceptional design and one can expect to get more than 150MPG. This car uses a combination of gas and solar electric power. The solar powered panels are more than sufficient for trips that range from 15 to 25 kilometres. If the skies are overcast the small electric engine comes into use.
This car comes in the group of one of the oldest solar cars. It is eye catching and was built in the year 1987. Sunraycer has 8,800 solar cells that have the capacity to generate more than 1,500 watts of energy. The top speed of this car is around 68-70MPH.
The makers define it to be a fun vehicle. The panels in the Brisa are present under its translucent body and not on the roof.
The Six50 is an inexpensive vehicle and has the capacity to travel more than 100Km with single battery charge. It draws the power from solar panels that are mounted on the roof. This is the cheapest among all the solar powered cars.