Once again MrBogey and I disagree. I think it will become standard equipment in the future. It's just too expensive to expect it to be on the base model because many people like MrBogey are not convinced of the advantages. It has been discussed extensively on this forum. Just search SOTS (solar on the surface). I would love it as a dealer or aftermarket option and would be willing to pay the extra costs. To me it adds more value than leather seats and a CD disc changer.Yes, it's been discussed. In short.
Small advantages....big disadvantages.
It's not a sound decision in the least to spend 5k or more for an extra range of 3-5 miles when current fuel and electric prices make it impossible to ever recoup the extra cost.
Sure, when society collapses and you have the only vehicle that could possibly run, you'll have the last laugh... at about 5-8 miles every day. I don't see that as a serious strategy.
Why don't we just wait and see what is offered as dealer option or aftermarket option and at what price. Then we can make a decision based on that, our location, our situation, etc. The price for such an option will continue to get cheaper every year.Most Americans won't spend several thousand extra just for a feature that gives them little benefit. Most Americans simply won't.
And when it gets below 1k I'll probably grab it. I'll lose a little cash for the extra boost but I'm not buying a feature on a car that is not a great boost to enjoyment or operation when it'll hit me big time in the wallet.Why don't we just wait and see what is offered as dealer option or aftermarket option and at what price. Then we can make a decision based on that, our location, our situation, etc. The price for such an option will continue to get cheaper every year.
Will the PV cells on the top of the car be as robust as the vehicle's painted surfaces? What will happen when an errant basketball comes crashing down on them? What happens when the cat jumps up on them?
If the cells are too fragile, I'll skip them regardless of how useful they might otherwise be.
I don't think we all have the kind of money James Bond has, plus I think solar panels are likely more expensive to replace than the Bondo and paint Q uses to fix up Bond's cars.I see by your picture that you're a scardy cat. Does James Bond worry about a few bullet holes? No!
I'll pay for it. Probably as much as $5000.
My commute is exactly 41 miles each day. If I can do that with zero in the way of fuel, it would be worth it to me to pay more.
I also like the idea of people in hummers and expeditions looking down at the blinding shiny cells. Maybe they'll see the light.
Not scared, but merely pragmatic. Besides, James Bond doesn't pay for his own vehicles - I do.I see by your picture that you're a scardy cat. Does James Bond worry about a few bullet holes? No!
Cars generate an awful lot of wind when running and would be nice to be able to harness and utilize that as well....Don