A new three-year pilot project evaluates the efficiency of solar electricity integrated into vehicles and verifies it through on-road monitoring and testing. The goal is to predict the charging infrastructure for electric cars equipped with PV modules.
Throughout the three-year pilot project, cars, trucks, buses and vans will be equipped with integrated solar panels and sensors that will measure and determine solar radiation in real-world conditions across Europe.
The team you belong to Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Germany Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)and electric car manufacturer Sono Motors models the efficiency of solar vehicles and then verifies it through on-road monitoring and testing.
“The results of this monitoring will provide insight into the increase in efficiency of electric vehicles when solar technology is integrated and will be used to determine the overall potential of the technology and make the necessary predictions. charging infrastructure for a possible scenario where a significant part of electric vehicles will be equipped with solar modules in the next few years,” TNO said in a statement.
The results of the research are then converted into a set of policy recommendations for the European Commission.
TNO estimates that Electric vehicles equipped with solar panels could represent 10% of the entire market by 2030. According to another of its studies, solar-powered electric cars can charge 25% less per year and up to 40% less in sunny locations.