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      04-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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German based Solarwatt and BMW have partnered to provide a solar-panel system to be placed on home/garage roofs as part of a broader support system for the upcoming BMW i3 and i8 vehicles. The systems will be branded as 360° ELECTRIC which aim to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional, bringing efficient solar powered charging to your car.

Potential customers will be able to purchase the Solarwatt system at the same time as they purchase their BMWi or at a later time. The goal here is of course to create a truly sustainable backbone for owning a BMWi.




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      04-27-2013, 05:08 PM   #2
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I hate all this solar stuff, but still a good job.
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      04-27-2013, 05:09 PM   #3
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I'm I ntrigued by this but hope to be ///M esmerized when thy finally throw a V8 or 10 in it
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Solar power on a car would be interesting stuff. Hopefully it will work in practice.
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      04-27-2013, 05:53 PM   #6
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Solar power on a car would be interesting stuff. Hopefully it will work in practice.
Solar power ON a car isn't all that practical except to maybe keep the battery charged up while parked and off. Now, there have been a bunch of long-distance solar car races, but those have the entire body covered with solar cells, bicycle wheels (typically), and weird shapes (and no internal combustion engine). This project is to provide a solar powered charging station for the vehicle. The only place on a vehicle I could see solar cells being installed is maybe on the sunroof (and some vehicles already do that). With the area involved, that might provide in the order of 50W at full sunlight...enough to maybe power the ventilation fan and radio, not move it.
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      04-27-2013, 06:27 PM   #7
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Awesome! I like this a lot. We really need a more efficient solar panel or I don't think solar panel will ever be practical enough for the mass. I'm really interested in what they are going to offer.
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      04-27-2013, 07:16 PM   #8
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This is really for rich people to be/pretend to be more green. The electric bill to charge the car is already so low.... But you want to spend a significant amount of money to remove that insignificant cost?

Now if you can power your entire house that's a different story...kinda
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This is really for rich people to be/pretend to be more green. The electric bill to charge the car is already so low.... But you want to spend a significant amount of money to remove that insignificant cost?

Now if you can power your entire house that's a different story...kinda
If you can afford it, occasionally people do something to benefit society and the planet, rather than just their pocket books.
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Exactly.

I think it is super cool, what a great partnership.



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      04-27-2013, 08:16 PM   #11
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Best idea for charging your electric car by far.
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Good idea. Any figures as to expected power output? How long of a timeframe for a full charge?

I understand it is not cost beneficial, but I do like the idea.
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Oh God; exactly how does it benefit the "Planet"? I live on the "planet" too, I could give a rat's ass if someone drives an electric car recharged by the sun. I'd rather see people spend their money now on keeping people on the "planet" from starving to death today.
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Best idea for charging your electric car by far.
Do the math. The square footage of a typical garage roof isn't going to charge jack squat. Like someone said, not much more than keeping the battery topped off. Plus it's going to be 10 times the cost of retail electricity. And unless you work nightshift, it's not going to do most people much good. Pairing this up with the sale of a car is nothing but marketing. If it's a good idea, then do it anyway, even if you don't have an electric car. Economically, it's not a good idea. Which would explain why solar companies are going bankrupt left and right, even with a shitload of government subsidies. Most people who think this kind of stuff is "cool" don't do the math. A coworker has struggled the last few months with a Nissan Leaf. With 120 volt charger in his garage and a 25 mile commute to a 12 hour shift, it was not enough time to completely charge. He could do 2 days in a row, but by the third day, it wasn't charged enough to make the round trip. Better now that he had a 240 volt charger installed, but he's still driving in the cold with no heater, bundled up like he's going skiing, and this summer he'll be sweating his ass off 'cause he won't be using the AC. This stuff just isn't ready for mass consumption yet.
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We are getting ahead on ourselves. Solar panel on the car as others have mentioned will not provide enough power to nudge the car better yet move it. It might provide the extra juice you need to make an emergency phone call if you are stuck in the desert and a dead cell phone battery.

This is not practical to go very far.
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This would only work in a small percentage of places that receive enough sun throughout the day/year to power a large bank of batteries that would then, in turn charge the car at night when you're in bed. Photo-voltaic tech is still so expensive, I don't want to even guess at what a solar panel covered car port w/battery bank costs..... (Ok I'll guess... As much as the car you are parking in it.)

I think it's great they're testing the tech as it's the only way to improve it enough to make it practical and affordable.

However, it's still not going to be practical for the parts of the world that have more seasons than just summer, which makes it impractical for car manufacturers to really invest too heavily (very small market share if you look at geography limitations + people that can afford new vehicles (never-mind a BMW) + cost of maintenance/replacement on battery banks, solar panels, and car batteries).
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Good Lord there's been huge advancement to Solar Panel Technology that is now affordable and a clear winner in the long run when it comes to sustainable living.




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Oh God; exactly how does it benefit the "Planet"? I live on the "planet" too, I could give a rat's ass if someone drives an electric car recharged by the sun. I'd rather see people spend their money now on keeping people on the "planet" from starving to death today.
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I see mostly the people who are negative about this doesn't have much info about it.
Maybe it's an idea to learn more about it before judging it?
I think the idea is great, how it performs is cruical though.
And about those panels, it's not beeing charged just by sun, but by lights...
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