VW ID.4 1st (originally Pro, changed to 1st in Jan).
Exactly, even at noon, the panels are horizontal instead of tilted towards the sun. Then clouds, or city shadows, or even a shadow from trees or homes will factor in. Probably best out on the highway on a cloudless sunny summer day (daily winter max solar panel energy output is about 20% of summer energy generation here, on a clear blue day). It's a combination of the low sun angle, and fewer hours of daylight.... Once you begin to factor in position of the panels, angle of the sun, clouds, dirt, temperature, panel efficiency, etc., ...
I agree that there is some benefit to panels on a car, though I'm not sure whether it's enough to justify the cost. I have looked at EV trips to a remote place like Big Bend, which is miles from any kind of charger and would be a challenge to reach and get back from. But if panels could get me even a few miles a day of range, it starts to make more remote trips seem less daunting (given a stay of sufficient duration during which I can passively charge).Exactly, even at noon, the panels are horizontal instead of tilted towards the sun. Then clouds, or city shadows, or even a shadow from trees or homes will factor in. Probably best out on the highway on a cloudless sunny summer day (daily winter max solar panel energy output is about 20% of summer energy generation here, on a clear blue day). It's a combination of the low sun angle, and fewer hours of daylight.
Each time my neighbor asks me why don't they just put solar cells on the car roof, I tell him to look at my roof covered by 28 LG panels that can make 7.5 kW (power), which was the same as my chargepoint station, but now less than the 11 kW for ID.4! The LG panels facing east at low angle can do about 60 kWhr/day max (energy) summer to about 12 kWhr/day max deep winter (if there are no clouds, and if cleared of snow). hmm, so not even a full "tank" if empty to 77 kWhr, likely not a common situation for me, anyway.
But, solar panels on cars have two things going for them, they could solve the dead (flat) 12V battery problem that all EVs eventually seem to encounter at some point, and they look cool
I agree on the interior, and I too love the exterior. Their lease terms are great....to the point of "I will believe it when I see it!" type of great. But for a $250 refundable deposit I was willing to take a shot!Love the exterior design. Especially the orange. The prototype interiors have been a little to modern for me. On my watch list.
The Aptera could work for people who don't have access to an EVSE, since the company claims you may be able to get by with solar charging alone. It'll be a 2-passenger, 3-wheeled vehicle (less friction with 3 wheels, and fewer government regulations to boot), and aerodynamic. Covered in solar panels. It remains to be seen if the vehicle will catch on. You can see it here: Aptera Motors Corp. And here's an interview: Sandy Munro interviews Aptera execsHere are a few links on the Sonata Solar Roof (205 watts):
Hyundai Solar Roof | AutoNation Hyundai Columbus
Everything About the Sonata Hybrid’s Solar Roof - Hyundai Motor Group TECH
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: What to expect from its mpg-boosting solar roof
Not everyone has a 2-car garage and a 50-amp EVSE. Allowing people to be able to get 5-7 miles a day sitting in a parking lot at their apartment is a good thing. Honestly most of my daily drives the past nearly 11 months I drive that many miles or less.
Can’t be sure until they unveil it on the 23rd but I found these dimensions on an Ioniq forum. If accurate, it’s bigger than the ID.4:The ioniq 5 looks smaller than the id4. More like a compact hatchback than a compact SUV. I couldn't find any dimensions
With the EUV's 55 kW charge rate, you will have plenty of time to nap while charging!Reclining for a nap while supercharging is my favorite thing to do especially when driving through the night. With the Chevy EUV being in the low thirties and good auto pilot features, pricing could be interesting when they announce tomorrow. I think the ID.4 with their delay missed their opportunity to capture some market share before the competition hit.
BTW: Not sure I like those rims on the Iconiq.
Assuming those number are accurate, the Ioniq 5 has a much longer wheelbase than the ID.4, but it's just an inch and a half longer overall. And the Ioniq 5 looks to be half an inch lower in height. Both cars seem comparable to the exterior dimensions of the (AWD) RAV4 Prime, but their height is 3 1/2" to 4" lower than the RAV4, which is a good thing in my mind.Can’t be sure until they unveil it on the 23rd but I found these dimensions on an Ioniq forum. If accurate, it’s bigger than the ID.4:
length 4,640 mm
width 1,890 mm
Height 1,600 mm,
wheelbase 3,000 mm