Electric Vehicles To Add Solar Panels To The Roof?

Electric Vehicles To Add Solar Panels To The Roof?

Over the course of a year, this one panel mounted on top of the roof of the vehicle, if all conditions are perfect, would power a vehicle for around 660 additional miles over the course of a year. Based on 25 mpg, this would be around 27 gallons of gasoline per year that would not have to be consumed.…

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YellowLite Visits the American Solar Challenge In Brecksville, Ohio

YellowLite Visits the American Solar Challenge In Brecksville, Ohio

YellowLite visited the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center in Brecksville, Ohio to take part in festivities ushering in the start of the American Solar Challenge on July 29th in anticipation of the start of the race on July 30. The race is 1,975 miles long starting in Ohio and ending in Hot Springs, South Dakota. The event is for solar cars built by university students from around the country with even a few participants outside America.…

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Total Emission Elimination: Powering Electric Vehicles with Solar Energy

Total Emission Elimination: Powering Electric Vehicles with Solar Energy

In a previous YellowLite post, we examined the true environmental cost of charging an electric car via the traditional power grid in the state of Ohio. A brief recap: the Chevy Volt requires 45 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy to travel 100 miles and the production of that electricity in Ohio would result in around 78 pounds of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere. As a comparison, a gasoline-powered car that averages 25 MPG will also emit 78 pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere.…

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Solar Power On Demand: The Emerging Technology of Thermal Energy Storage

Solar Power On Demand: The Emerging Technology of Thermal Energy Storage

When considering solar and wind as major power sources, one of the main criticisms pertains to their reliability as consistent producers. In particular, critics point to how the production from these renewable sources is subject to the whims of unpredictable weather patterns. If the weatherman is wrong in predicting sunshine, a solar field will unexpectedly generate a reduced output. Proponents of fossil fuels argue a distinct advantage over renewables - that coal and petroleum can be burned precisely at the point of need, according to the electricity demands of consumers.…

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Lower Prices Making Electric Vehicles & Solar Viable for Masses

Lower Prices Making Electric Vehicles & Solar Viable for Masses

The connection between solar power and electric vehicles has been explored in the YellowLite blog in the past. Solar energy is the cleanest way to power an electric vehicle’s battery, and in actuality the only way to make this form of transportation “zero emissions” from start to finish. Here is a look at the electric car market, including the models with significant ranges, plus how much the prices have dropped in recent years.…

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Ford’s Solar Powered Car Charts a New Path for Renewables

Ford’s Solar Powered Car Charts a New Path for Renewables

In terms of green car development, 2013 was a very good year for the auto industry and the United States as a whole. Ford, the best-selling U.S. brand, was beating Toyota in sales of plug-in electric vehicles for the entire year in 2013 – in November, Ford outsold both Toyota and Tesla – but the unveiling of a Ford solar-powered electric vehicle in 2014 was even more newsworthy.…

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Feeding the Power Grid: Where Solar Energy and Electric Cars Meet the Future

Feeding the Power Grid: Where Solar Energy and Electric Cars Meet the Future

Homeowners curious about solar power and electric cars may wonder how the two fit into U.S. energy policy for the long term. In fact, the energy collected in solar panels on a home’s roof is proving capable of powering a home as well as a car with energy left over for the local grid. It’s a carbon footprint one Honda official described in a recent New York Times article as “below zero,” and a look into the future of renewable energy.…

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