Showcasing an impressive distance of 620 miles (1,000 km), the Vision EQXX, an electric prototype sedan, was unveiled by the renowned German car manufacturer at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, following multiple teasers of this luxurious electric vehicle (EV) in the preceding months.
The luxury electric sedan, EQS, with a range of 441 miles, is poised to enter the market under the Mercedes brand. Mercedes aims to surpass this achievement with the upcoming EQXX, which is expected to achieve an impressive drag coefficient of 0.17, surpassing the EQS’s 0.20.
The “EQXX make design by Mercedes-Benz is the most efficient, incorporating aerodynamic features and battery innovations. In ideal conditions, the solar roofing can add up to 25 km (15 miles) per day, according to Mercedes’s statement. One of the standout features of Mercedes’s new luxury EV concept car is its 117-cell solar panel roof, which allows for extra range by charging ancillary systems in the car. The solar roof was developed as part of a collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems.
At this magnitude, we cannot envision another company that has executed it, but worldwide window opening is not exclusive to the Ocean SUV. Through the vehicle’s California mode, it has the remarkable capability to retract all windows simultaneously. Additionally, the U.S.-Based electric car manufacturer Fisker’s Ocean SUV offers the Extreme model, which includes the choice for a solar roof.
The standard model Ocean will start at a price of $37,499. It will come with front-wheel drive and have a range of 250 miles (402 km) and produce 275 horsepower.
The Ocean Ultra, priced at $49,999, offers both the Ultra and the Extreme models with four-wheel drive. It generates 550 horsepower and has a range of 340 miles (547 km). Additionally, it is equipped with a larger battery, accelerates from zero to 60 mph (100 kph) in 3.9 seconds, and can produce up to 540 horsepower.
Hyundai Ioniq 5
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 is designed to be driven in sunny locations with a high number of sunny days per year. According to Hyundai, the vehicle’s solar panel option can help increase the range by up to 1240 miles (2,000km) per year (approximately 3 miles per day). The two-wheel-drive option, when combined with the largest battery, allows for the longest range, reaching approximately 300 miles (480 km). Additionally, when equipped with the all-wheel-drive option, the IONIQ 5 can achieve top speeds of 115 mph (185 km/h). The car offers a 72.6-kWh battery that generates a combined power output of 225-kWh and 605 Nm of torque, and it is available with two drivetrains. There are two battery sizes available for the car. Hyundai has joined the solar-powered movement with the IONIQ 5, a vehicle that prioritizes sustainability and futuristic mobility.
Aptera’s Sol is a visually appealing solar-powered three-wheeler electric vehicle.
According to Aptera Motors’ website, the new three-wheeler EV from the automaker will be able to travel up to 1,000 miles (1,609 km) when fully charged, powered by solar energy.
While in park mode, the cars recharge using their solar panels. This vehicle, which accommodates two people (and one pet), features a roof array of solar panels and has the capability to cover a distance of up to 45 miles (72 km) per day.
The sEV (solar EV) has the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph (96 kph) in 5.5 seconds when using front-wheel drive. However, when utilizing all-wheel drive and powered by 150 kW, it can achieve the same acceleration in just 3.5 seconds. Additionally, it boasts a maximum speed of 100 mph (160 kph). The specs sheet has been made available by the company.
Recently, Dutch startup Lightyear unveiled a prototype car that they claim is capable of taking us long distances, powered only by the sun.
The company claims that the car has a range of 725 kilometers and accelerates from 0-100 kilometers per hour (0-60 mph) in ten seconds, using 83 Wh/km according to the Year Light According to (WLTP) standard.
The vehicle’s effective charging enables it to recharge at a speed of 570 km/h using 60 kW rapid charging. Light Year One, on the other hand, can only charge at a rate of 12 km/h using sunlight. In addition to solar power recharging, the vehicle can also be charged at charging stations and standard electrical outlets.
The company claims that its first model, which currently charges at a rate of 12 hours per kilometer using solar panels on its roof, consumes only 83 km/Wh, which is less than three times the consumption of any other electric vehicle on the market today. The numbers on Lightyear’s website suggest that we might not be as far off as some might think when it comes to long-range sustainable electric vehicles.
The Squad Solar City, a neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV) produced by Squad Mobility, stands out from conventional electric vehicles as it relies on a lone solar panel on its roof for charging.
The creators of Squad, a specific design vehicle, have recently announced new updates to their list of license-free mobility options for shared markets. The Quadricycle Solar, which reflects the unique name of the Squad, is the car that these users drive.
A secure journey is ensured by a complete roll cage equipped with seat belts and 4-wheel stability. Depending on the specific model, the vehicle has the capability to attain maximum velocities of 28 mph (45 kph) or 50 mph (80 kph).
Sion by Sono Motors
The Sion, which is an electric hybrid vehicle made by German startup Sono Motors, can completely integrate solar cells into its body, meaning it can drive short distances using solar energy.
The solar panels of the vehicle charge approximately 21 miles (33 km) per day, and with a full charge, the car has a range of up to 155 miles (249 km).
The vehicle is being sold for a projected price of $28,500. Additionally, Somo Motors relies on entirely renewable sources of energy for both the car’s parts and the manufacturing process.