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The "Solar Taxi" made it to the mainstream news media world wide, and was praised as true innovation.
Luis Palmer with his Solar Taxi
As the term indicates "Solar Taxi", it is a car which is driven by solar power, but after a close look, it is revealed that just 50% of the charge is coming from the solar panel, the rest comes from the grid. So, it is a "50% Solar Taxi" in truth - yet a good start indeed.
- 6m2 solar cells on a rooftop yield power for 15,000 km per year!
- up to 400 km range
- max. speed: 90 km/h
- vehicle weight: 500 kg (+ 250 kg for trailer) - which makes a 6.25 vehicle/body ratio
- energy efficiency: consumption of 8 kWh/100 km (equivalent of 0.8 l petrol / 100 km)