When car manufacturers around the globe are rallying to make their renditions of a cost-efficient and cost-effective electric vehicle (EV), a team in China has taken the challenge a step further by producing an EV that runs completely dependent on solar energy—the Tianjin solar car.
Making an initial appearance at the sixth World Intelligence Conference before an excursion across the mainland, the Tianjin solar car is a collaborative product of three universities and 42 enterprises. The output boasts some 47 advanced technologies, several of which are said to be a highlight among top-tier cars in the industry.
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Like a Tesla car, for example, the Chinese-made solar EV is capable of autonomous driving at “Level 4 and above”. Additionally, in comparison to Lightyear SEV’s 5-square meter cell solar modules, Tianjin has a larger 8.1 square meters.
Other notable features of the Tianjin solar card include:
- 7.6 kWh maximum daily power generation on sunny days
- Battery pack with an energy density of 330 Wh/kg
- 74.8 km (~47 miles) max tested range
- 79.2km/h (49 mph) maximum speed
- Reduced carbon emission to up to 25 kg per 100 km (55 lbs. per 62 miles)
- 4,080 mm long × 1,770 mm wide × 1,811 mm tall (13.4 x 5.8 x 5.9 ft.) car dimension
- 2,850 mm (9.4 feet) wheelbase