solar car

Rubber To The Road: Why Tyres Are Crucially Important To A Solar Car

It’s all about resistance this week, and by that we mean tyres, if you can’t make the car more streamlined or any lighter, you get the best tyres you can so that you minimise rolling resistance; that is the force against the motion of our wheels when they’re moving. You probably know by now that you lose some energy whenever friction is involved, and this is all about minimising that.


How Is Carbon Fibre Applied To A Solar Car?

After a brief hiatus, our solar team is back in full production mode. Ever wondered how carbon fibre finds its way onto cars?


Helios Off-Roader is Designed Like a Dinosaur, Minus the Extreme Violence

There just aren’t enough vehicles out there with designs inspired by dinosaurs. I mean, come on, dinosaurs! This Helios off-roader rectifies that with a totally badass design that’s straight out of the Jurassic era.


$US5,000 Chinese Electric Car Is 100% Power Grid Independent

While I admit that this Zhejiang 001′s mini car looks rather wacky and utilitarian thanks to its solar top, I wouldn’t mind looking like a dork if that can save me gas or electric power–if I had to have a car, that is. This one can charge using the sun electricity in 30 hours, giving it a 150km range. According to the engineer, it can only transform 14 to 17 percent of the sun light, which is the usual. But in the middle of a recession, for $US5,560 and no gas or electricity expenses, we can live with “usual” and “fugly” just fine. [Gasgoo via OhGizmo]