Solar power cars

 

Some people think that solar powered cars are the way forward, but form this picture you might have a completely different impression about solar powered cars. This solar powered car was built by university students. There is a few flaws with solar powered cars. One being the size, a large surface area is needed to catch the suns rays in order to create the energy a solar powered car needs. The engine in a solar power car has relatively low power and most solar power cars will not exceed 50 – 60 miles an hour. Solar power cars are also thought to be very dangerous because of their low acceleration rates. Also motorways are impractical as the speed at which cars travel at on motorways, solar power cars would not have the ability to catch the rays it needs at the high speeds by other road users.

As technology moves on though solar power cars will evolve as most human ideas do. Solar power cars will get small, lighter and faster. In 2010 a new solar power car was released.Italian car designer  Pininfarina and French battery manufacturer Bolloré designed a car called the blue car. It has acceleration of 0 – 60 in 6  seconds and can reach 80 mph and has a range of 155 miles. However as time has gone on it (it now being 2012) battery powered cars are slowly over taking these solar power cars. There is definitely a place for solar powered cars in the future but they probably will not be on the top of the market.