The Tianjin Solar car was unveiled in China at the sixth World Intelligence Conference, as it started taking a tour against mainland China. The local news in China revealed that the vehicle was jointly developed by 42 companies and three universities. It took five months to develop, so there are certain constraints attached like the maximum tested range is only 47 miles. However, it also has equipment for autonomous driving at level 4 and above.
It is said that the vehicle features 47 advanced technologies installed in it. The solar module area of this vehicle is 8.1 square meters, far more than a SEV like the Lightyear ), which is equipped with 5 square meters of cells and that’s a lot. Here are some other pertinent specs for China’s first pure solar vehicle.
Not thrilling specs compared to a solar EV, or any EV for that matter, but still quite impressive considering these numbers come entirely from the sun’s energy. That’s exciting, to say the least. The Tianjin, at the very minimum, provides proof of concept for vehicles that can be powered entirely from a natural (and abundant) source of clean energy. It’s exciting to think about what sort of possibilities this solar vehicle creates for future engineers developing means for us all to get around without emissions.
Garnering range from that giant, burning ball of gas that falls on us every day seems like a no-brainer, and it’s a similar sentiment shared by many of the EV startups that are trying to do the same. In California, Aptera’s second attempt to bring a solar EV to market remains on track for later this year.
Overseas, Lightyear recently showcased the production version of its Lightyear 0 SEV, which will also begin production later this year. In Germany, Sono Motors is approaching the validation prototype stage for its flagship Sion EV, which is targeted for production in 2023. In China, a company called Hanergy introduced a solar-powered vehicle called the Solar-R in 2016. While the main feature of the vehicle was to remove energy entirely from the Sun, Hanergy still equipped it with a battery pack and converter. It can refill on the charging pile when needed.
In Tianjin, China, a team has embarked on a permanent journey to a new frontier by developing the country’s first solar vehicle, which derives its limits from the Sun. Some of them are even comparable to the functions that top-tier cars have. One of the most intriguing capabilities of the new Tianjin solar car is its ability to reduce 25 kg of carbon emission every 100 km.