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Solar Panel Car Cover For Your Electric Car?

I’m not so sure how practical this is compared to solar carports or “solar trees” (or simple solar roofs), but these little solar panel car covers certainly are pretty!

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Here’s a brief summary of this solar-powered EV charging technology from Jo Borras of Gas2:

Industrial designer Hakan Gürsu calls this creation a V-Tent – it’s a collapsible, solar car cover that shields parked cars from wind and weather while converting the sun’s light into electricity that can to charge any EVs that happen to find their way underneath the V-Tent, and power any nearby street lights to make the chargers more visible at night.

Industrial designer Hakan Gürsu calls this creation a V-Tent – it’s a collapsible, solar car cover that shields parked cars from wind and weather while converting the sun’s light into electricity that can to charge any EVs that happen to find their way underneath the V-Tent, and power any nearby street lights to make the chargers more visible at night.

Here’s a video of the V-Tent:

http://youtu.be/sT3SCuwELRU

As several commenters below rightly note (and I playfully hinted at the top), this is clearly not the most efficient use of solar PV technology. Very likely, it is a concept tech that was done for fun or as a simple exercise. If it does become a commercial product, the selling points would be that it’s pretty, interesting, fun, artistic, or something along those lines — for efficient use of solar technology, a solar carport, solar panels on the roof of a nearby building, or solar panels in a nearby field are surely much more practical and cost efficient.

 
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