A few people have asked me: “Why did you build a solar powered truck?” “Why bother spending so much time and money on this project?”
The simple answer is: because it COULD be done!
I kept seeing buzz about electric vehicles (EV’s) and seeing more and more car manufacturers FINALLY create more electric options…yet when I went to an EV car show, not ONE of them had solar on the roof. I have worked in the solar industry for a number of years, and the cost efficiency is there!
A panel costs a few hundred bucks, and if the car sits in a parking lot on a sunny day, the solar module will charge the battery quite a bit! Sure, 1 or 2 three to four hundred watt panels integrated into the roof and hood wouldn’t FULLY charge the car…but with all the questions and complaints about range it seemed obvious to me that putting solar on an EV would technically mean it could drive forever.
Solar on an EV means that while you work or play, your car is filling ITSELF up! A seemingly simple thing, yet has the potential to change the world! Project Griff will change the world.
I named my solar electric truck Griff, like the mythical winged Griffin creature. I had to build big wings of solar panels to get enough power for a full charge each day, so it is kind of a mythical vehicle.
My hope is to deliver free seminars and webinars to people on the potential for solar and EVs to change the world!
Imagine if your car filled itself up with fuel every day. Not only would that be cool, it would mean ENERGY INDEPENDENCE! Not a penny of your weekly paycheck would need to go to buy transportation fuel…and this can be true for your home as well.
I imagine a world where there are no lives or dollars taken from Americans for fuel. No more relying on foreign supplies of energy. We declared our independence in 1776, let us declare energy-independence in 2020!
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