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Solar Panels to be fitted on the roof of this Ford Concept Car

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Ford Is Making A Concept Car With Solar Panels For A Roof

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What do Superman and the Ford C-MAX Solar Energi concept car have in common? Both receive power from the sun.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Solar panels on car roofs a great idea but not a new idea

In my opinion this idea from Ford motor company is one of the biggest step forwards yet, in the quest for the electric cars to cover more mileage.

The car could be run on solar energy from Solar Panels even when running, and the batteries will also be charged. This will be a big step in the right direction and I can envisage all EV’s and all electric cars will have this technology incorporated in the cars electric system.

This is not the first time that solar panels have been used to power cars, but I believe that it will be the first time that a major car manufacturer has incorporated solar panels onto an actual model.

A guy called Ed Passerini was probably the first man to invent the first solar powered car way back in 1977. After building several smaller prototype cars he eventually built the solar car known as Bluebird.

More recently in 1983 two Australian’s, Hans Tholstrup and racing driver, Larry Perkins managed to drive a solar powered car from Perth to Sydney a total 2566 miles a great achievement. The vehicle was called the “Achiever”, which was equipped with a solar cell panel fitted to the roof that charged 2x 12 volt lead acid batteries, this for use when the Sun was behind clouds or even in darkness. Many of today’s Solar Panels and solar energy equipment had not even been invented back then, so the electrics they used were pretty basic. They had an electric motor to drive the car with a basic type gearbox that could only have the gears changed when the vehicle was stopped. The acceleration was done by either using 24 volts or 12 volts, the 24 volt was the fastest option, depending on the amount of battery storage.

Other recent tries at utilising solar energy were carried out by the larger auto companies such as Ford, using them in the headlights.

 

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and

tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.
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Yokohama car Tyres to exhibit at Tokyo Motor Show – Tyre Business

Yokohama car Tyres to exhibit at Tokyo Motor Show Tire Business The tire maker said its exhibit will introduce the company’s concept of “The Science of Tire Grip Performance,” and highlight its “advanced technological capabilities and its corporate…

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Yokohama car Tyres

Yokohama car Tyres are probably one of the most forward thinking tyre companies in the World. One of the ways that the company will show of its prowess will be to exhibit through a stand at the Tokyo Motor Show.

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Yokohama Advan F4 racing tyres

 

The company will demonstrate to car drivers. On how it strives to create a better tyre grip. So, on all its tyre products and all its tyre categories. Yokohama Japan have also been striving and succeeding in the development of lighter fuel efficient tyres. Subsequently, by the use of new compounds combined with new materials. Such as the addition of “orange oil”. Yes Yokohama car Tyresorange oil! Yokohama car Tyres has been using this as an alternative to petroleum based oils for over 20 years. The first Yokohama UK tyres to use this were in a compound used for racing car tyre slicks (these are tyres that have no tread, for use on dry race circuits to give more grip and for a softer compound), the orange oil helps the tyre to become sticky when they get heated up to give more traction.

More reading… http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/alternative-fuel/news/the-science-behind-yokohamas-orange-oil-tires-8146348

Yokohama car Tyres is also developing a new tyre that will grip on ice, without the help of studs, very useful in the very cold countries that normally have to rely on studded tyres. The booth will be well worth visiting and will include a concept car that is an electric car, to show off some of the new technologies, including its own super light tyres known as “fin tyres” that reduce air drag and help control the cars air drag by reducing it.

Eric Roberts...www.pellonautocentre.com

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.

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