Forget Gas Engines. How Does a Solar Powered Car Compare to a Battery Electric One?

A Tesla electric car versus the University of Illinois Solar Car
A Tesla electric car versus the Illinois State University Solar Car

Solar Powered Car – ( Solar Thermal Magazine)

I remember when everyone wanted to see how a Tesla battery electric car compared to a conventional gas engine car and for sure this is still fun to watch especially when you compare acceleration. As electric cars become more popular with almost every major car maker offering an all electric version we are getting more attuned to the characteristics of the technology.

Side by side Tesla and a solar powered car

Side by side Tesla and a solar powered car

 

So what is the next new thing when it comes to green transportation? It is for sure the solar powered car with many universities around the world developing prototypes and in some cases racing them to see which is best. This research and competition is pushing the technology to evolve and mature.

 Illinois Sate University Solar Car versus Tesla

Illinois State University Solar Car versus Tesla

In this video we see maybe one of the first comparisons between an established commercially available all electric car (in this case it is the Tesla Model S) and a prototype state of the art solar powered vehicle from the Illinois State University team. Take a look and see how they compare side by side.

Side by side Tesla and a solar powered car

Side by side Tesla and a solar powered car

I believe that we will see many more such comparisons and interesting enough it is not the gas engine versions want to see.

A Tesla electric car versus the Illinois State University Solar Car

A Tesla electric car versus the Illinois State University Solar Car

Enjoy.

About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.