Ford Motor company is trying to be the first on the road with a solar-powered car for everyday use. The company is unveiling its concept model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
The 300 watts of energy the rooftop solar panels generate are not nearly enough for a full day's charge, but the company has tried to solve that problem by building a solar-charging carport. "When you park that car under a concentrator, basically a magnifying glass," Ford’s Mike Tinskey says, "we can actually, in six hours, get a full 21 miles of range on that vehicle and that’s the part we are really excited about."
Using 19th century technology to harness the sun