The idea of being able to drive a car that’s powered by solar at night time can make you question whether or not magic is real. In our pursuit of being more self-sufficient in everyday life, it doesn’t take long to start considering solar power as an alternative energy supplier.
Can solar-powered cars work at night?
It depends on which type of solar-powered car you’re referring to. If you’re talking about a Tesla, they charge and hold a charge which runs the car at any time of day. If the car doesn’t have a battery, then there’s no way for it to collect solar energy at night.
Types of Solar Cars
There are three primary types of solar power-operated vehicles. Depending on which one you have will make the difference between solar car night driving and not.
Solar Panels Mounted On Roof
For the car with solar panels mounted directly on the roof.
This method does not work at night. The panels need active solar available to absorb and use the energy to drive the car.
The solar battery charged car would be the Tesla that you see beat everyone off the red light. This type can work at night since it has a charged battery. The time of day doesn’t matter.
Rooftop PV System
This type of solar strategy for your car would work. The PV system can be used to charge your cars battery and home battery. Then you have a charged battery that can run your car. And if you need a charge, you can use the battery system from your home to charge it.
How Do Solar Cars Work
In order for the car to run, it needs energy. Solar-powered cars are able to harness that energy directly from the sun. Which means the sun needs to be present and shining on the solar generator. Only then can it start to absorb the energy from the sun. If it’s able to store that energy, then it can store and charge that energy to use for later.
Solar-powered cars work at by using the suns energy and converting it into electricity. The car would need a battery that has solar power stored in it to be used for the car. The electricity then charges the battery. The battery then directs that energy into the car’s battery to run the motor.
The technical term to describe the process of converting solar energy into electricity is Photovoltaics, which is the conversion of light into electricity. Solar cars move at night by having access to that electricity that was converted from light.
Solar cars actually become weaker as the sun starts to go down. Making it much easier for a solar-powered car to stop at the end of the day. Not all brakes are created equal. Even some breaks use the kinetic energy of the moving vehicle to use that to generate electricity.
Here’s a video that shows you how this process works.
How long does a fully charged electric car last?
It does depend on the car, some Tesla models can get up to 370 or so on a single charge.
Techcrunch published an article about this solar car that can go up to 450 miles on a single charge.
To make it simple for you. Here’s the bottom line.
For a solar car to be driven at night, it would need a battery that has been charged for the car to use the solar power from that battery. There’s no way for the solar-powered car to run at night without either an already charged battery or the sun.
If you have a charged battery for the car, then driving solar cars at night can
Do you drive a solar-powered vehicle?