Come on! this is rubbish.
First of all, nobody will use these things are they take up far too much valuable ground space.
Secondly, there is no hope in hell that the small surface produces enough power to charge the batteries of a car and most certainly not in 30 minutes with todays technology.
The losses are ridiculous because electricity needs to be stored either in batteries (while there is no car) or by putting the power into the grid (There is your first 15% loss already)
In the latter case, you just have a very expensive solar panel using up expensive parking space feeding the grid and nothing more.
Wishful thinking and utter nonsense. About as bad as an animation I saw where they tear down a coal powered electricity plant and replaced it with 3 wind mills. Yeah right, that is all it takes.
Does anyone study science anymore these days?
Paul van Dinther
6th March, 2012 @ 1:04 p.m. (California Time)
Electric vehicles already fight an image problem with backward thinking people and this will not help.
6th March, 2012 @ 1:11 p.m. (California Time)
re; Paul van Dinther
It takes 8 hours to charge the battery that charges the car's battery in 30 minutes.
re; The Hoff
The problem is not the 'image' it's that electric cars are overpriced under-preforming pieces of junk.
6th March, 2012 @ 6:47 p.m. (California Time)
I agree with 'Paul van Dinther' that this does not seem a very practical idea. But we are not all engineers; and non-engineers usually need pretty lights to encourage them to try new things. If it gets common people using electric cars faster then we can sooner avoid pointless slandering of the better technology.
7th March, 2012 @ 4:46 a.m. (California Time)
Gah - I hate "design" teams that don't know squat about the technical aspects of what they're designing. And I hate even more design competition judges that blatantly ignore physics and engineering.
"Designed to optimize absorption of the sun's rays" my shiny white butt... there's a reason why solar panels are flat and pointed in one direction. Or even better, flat and movable so they can track the sun.
A complex shaped cowl like they're proposing here may look pretty (so some; seems more like an eyesore to me), but it will be significantly more expensive to produce, and capture significantly less solar energy than a flat panel at the correct angle. Not to mention taking up a lot more precious space.
7th March, 2012 @ 10:37 a.m. (California Time)
Looks like an oversized hat from the 20's, or a mini nuke cooling tower. Probably design by a California studio. That's why Hyundai brought they designing home.
7th March, 2012 @ 1:24 p.m. (California Time)
Oh! my battery is going dead. I'll just pull in here and watch movies for hours on end while my battery charges. It's 20 degrees out and I have no heat. No big deal. Look how I am saving the environment. Why are my fingers and toes going numb?
7th March, 2012 @ 1:43 p.m. (California Time)
Building a roof plastered with solar collectors over the whole parking lot would be a lot more practical.
re; Paul van Dinther
That 15% loss guarantees you a charge even in a blackout.
7th March, 2012 @ 5 p.m. (California Time)
Having several batteries already charged up and ready for quick changing (within a minute) would seem to be a better way to go. Most cars sit in parking lots for 8 hours a day anyways, why not have the solar charger working then?
8th March, 2012 @ 8:40 a.m. (California Time)
With meta-materials the shape has become more or less irrelevant.
8th March, 2012 @ 5:25 p.m. (California Time)
You have done a good job of criticizing a technology and industry that has been developmentally suppressed for 100 years.
And you all want the other option to dominate? Which is an internal combustion engine that has about a 20% fuel efficiency and runs on petroleum. Do we need to go over the drawbacks of being dependent on a fuel that is running out of high quality, easy to extract and easy to process deposits?
When you criticize emerging technologies and fuel sources it has to be in comparison to the current system that we have (personal vehicles, internal combustion engine and petroleum), which is causing mass societal disruptions, mass health problems and consolidates money and power in the hands of the few while the people that live in oil rich lands languish in diseased poverty.
Maybe, we should research a subject before commenting on it. But, the internet makes us feel anonymous so we feel justified in leaving un-researched viewpoints in comment and discussion sections.
16th May, 2012 @ 2:51 p.m. (California Time)