Solar at the tipping point of mass adoption in EVs, says IDTechEx: Page 2 of 2

November 28, 2019 //By Julien Happich
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Startups Sono Motors and Lightyear announced solar family cars available as of next year. They have solar bodies rather than the useless scrap of solar roof seen on other cars. That means many owners will never plug in, observes Raghu Das, CEO of market research firm IDTechEx.

Days later came the announcement of the Squad City Solar car, another example of solar in at the very start of the concept. This 45 km/h, 2-person solar car for daily (sub)urban mobility is being developed by two ex-Lightyear employees who share a desire to develop an affordable solar car for a large group of consumers. The Squad is already available for pre-order in the EU. Retail price starts at a mere € 5750 (ex. VAT), so it is very affordable, as is the 5 seat Sono Sion solar car. An 80 km/h Squad will also be offered later. The Squad offers space for two passengers sitting side by side, and a storage compartment in the back. Two children (up to 1.25 m) can sit on rear seats where legally permitted.

“We are clearly at the tipping point for adoption of solar on land, water and air vehicles, particularly on pure electric ones where range sells. There are now camper vans, delivery trucks, robot shuttles, buses, boats and even aircraft getting at least 10% and often all of their electricity from daylight. Many find it useful even on the sides of their vehicles. Any designer of any electric vehicle must now seriously consider solar bodywork. It is a new key enabling technology”, says Das.

The CEO derives all these observations and anticipations from a new IDTechEx report titled “Solar Cars, Buses, Trucks, Trains 2020-2030” focusing on the technology analysis and market forecasting for the integration of solar energy harvesting in cars.

IDTechEx - www.IDTechEx.com

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