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Advanced Solar Material Seeks to Boost New Power for Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

| October 10, 2018

Autonomous Vehicle

One company is attempting to re-imagine how vehicles will tap supplemental solar power, given the increasing demands on the vehicles of the future. 

So, imagine a technology that could be attached to the car’s surface and could provide additional power to the battery both while the vehicle is parked, and during motion. This is possible today – with the right solar technology.
As vehicles become more autonomous, the number of sensors built into the average vehicle is increasing significantly. Camera, ultrasonic, and radar sensors are just some of the different types of sensors currently being used. These sensors are helping vehicles to become more intuitive, but demand more energy from vehicle batteries, which translates to reduced range. This presents a challenge for electric vehicles (EVs) where vehicle range is a key differentiator and driver of sales.Next, imagine a technology that could be attached to the car’s surface and could provide additional power to the battery both while the vehicle is parked, and during motion. This is possible today – with the right solar technology.

This solar layer would follow the curves of the vehicle to preserve aerodynamics and design-elegance. It could be integrated into the EV hood, glass sunroof or even the side panels of the car. It would have the potential to augment EV batteries, integrate into the car’s design, and allow seamless charging without having to stop to plug-in. This technology could be used to power auxiliary systems such as interior fans, seat heaters, lights or other items. This solar technology should be high efficiency, lightweight and flexible.

Alta Devices Gen4 technology, according to the company, uniquely meets these conditions today and is designed specifically to power autonomous systems.

Category: General Update, Green, News

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