Solar energy + electric vehicles: the perfect combination

Powering electric vehicles with solar energy is a perfect match. But can the sun be an endless fuel pump?


Electric vehicles (EV) that self-charge, as they are driven, have long been a fantasy—but recent research has revealed that this is no longer a fictitious fantasy but a scientific product that is actually being tested in the field.

Researchers claim to have hit on the right combination of solar cell type and battery to charge an electric vehicle battery with higher efficiency than ever before. A team of researchers at Case Western Reserve University are working on a prototype of flexible cells that could be integrated seamlessly into the exterior surfaces of ordinary cars, which will charge the vehicle while being driven.

At the center of making this fit possible, is the new perovskite solar cell technology—smaller sizes than traditional panels—that could soon revolutionize electric vehicle charging.

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