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Old 01-24-2019, 05:24 PM   #1
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Solar Powered RV - NO FUEL NEEDED

This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations | Home Design, Garden & Architecture Blog Magazine

Wow! How cool is that!
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Old 01-24-2019, 05:34 PM   #2
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Interesting, But not sure I would trust something designed by someone who put a solar panel on the underside of the cab over bunk.
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Old 01-24-2019, 05:59 PM   #3
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Interesting, But not sure I would trust something designed by someone who put a solar panel on the underside of the cab over bunk.
True. Maybe a mirror on the ground ...
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Old 01-24-2019, 06:10 PM   #4
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Same problem as the first electric cars in the 1800’s. Battery capacity.

No way the panels supply enough juice to get very far very fast. No output on a cloudy day much less rain.

Other impossible problem. No way to transfer power from us in ohio to the folks out west. No way. Line loss. Solar panels are not efficient enough. No way to store electricity. Solar panels are great with a coal fired back up plant next door. Double the cost.

Most of us will be on the wrong side of the sod before electric trucks are the norm.
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Wonder if that front might hinge up when parked??

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Old 01-25-2019, 01:26 PM   #6
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100 miles per charge? Wow. Right now I am almost 90 miles from the nearest Walmart. I guess a shopping trip would require an overnight stay in their parking lot.
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Old 01-25-2019, 01:28 PM   #7
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While this is clearly not really workable, I personally think battery powered rvs are just around the corner. 5 years from now the solid state battery may be in production and a battery powered RV would make a lot of sense. Give a range of about 400 miles, then plug in at a campsite or charging station. This is the way things change so I wouldn’t dismiss this idea too quickly! You could even see charging stations that you could sleep at while charging.
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This is awesome. Things like this are in their infancy, and of course it's going to have limitations.

But have some faith folks. Dang.
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I also think that there's not enough info here:

A) is the Vehicle's battery(s) charged from SHORE POWER, like any other electric vehicle, or are we 'assuming' that these solar panels on the exterior are for the vehicle, and not simply solar panels for the HOUSE batteries?

B) the statement of "...in total 334 square feet of thin-film solar panels which can deliver up to 3,000 watts of energy" can certainly be true, BUT the reality is that the sun will NEVER shine on both sides of the coach at once, or both ends, etc., etc., so the amount of wattage is far less - FAR, far LESS.


while the solar panels might be a good concept, the idea of needing the Solar power while traveling is probably far less important than while PARKED. If you really want to add so much solar, the best idea might be to incorporate flexible solar panels on the AWNINGS, which will be much better suited to capture the sun than panels integrated into the sides of the RV, especially if there is an awning on both sides, and even the rear.
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...5 years from now the solid state battery may be in production...
I've been hearing this for at least the past 15 years. The cruising power boating community has been having this discussion for at least that long.

I think this is a 'proof of concept' demo more than anything else. 100 miles per charge is probably using every watt of power available. How long to recharge enough to do anything - 10-12 hours? And that would be in daylight. You would arrive at your destination (maybe) with nothing left for anything except what your propane could power. If you arrived at dusk or night you would have to wait until the next evening to have enough power to do anything.

And how stout are those panels? Strong enough to take the wear and tear of road travel? Rocks and stones tossed up from passing trucks? Parking lot dings?

Great concept and it will be wonderful if/when you can travel 250-300 miles and recharge in 30-60 minutes instead of hours or days. Both solar panels and batteries need a lot more work before they are ready for effective transportation use.
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