Are Solar Cars in the Future?

There have been many advances in the automotive industry in the 21st century: electric vehicles, cars that can brake automatically and park themselves and nearly autonomous vehicles. Soon, there will be another mode of transportation: solar vehicles.

Solar cars are being developed by some automakers to provide drivers another option when choosing a “green” vehicle. Toyota is currently working on a prototype for its Prius Prime model that can provide an additional driving range of 27 miles a day, while Sono Motors in Germany is working on a car that can provide 19 more miles daily. Meanwhile, Atlis Motor Vehicles is working on its Atlis XT electric pickup truck with a solar charging system from Worksport Ltd.

Some expect the solar vehicle market to catch on in the coming years. Data Bridge Market Research predicted that the global market for solar-powered cars will have a compound annual growth rate of 37.54% between 2019 and 2026. “This rise in market value can be attributed to the increased levels of investments undertaken by the manufacturers of vehicles to promote environmentally-friendly modes of transportation,” the research firm stated.

However, as with all new, technologically advanced vehicles, the one factor that may hold back prospective owners is the price. Adding solar panels to the car could mean a heftier price tag. Another problem is, unlike electric vehicles, solar cars do not have their own charging stations yet. That means drivers could charge their vehicles only if they used the same plug used to charge the solar panels on their homes.

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