(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists in Australia are testing solar panels to power a Tesla electric car that the scientists hope will travel 15,100 km. According to the researchers, this event should make the public think about the prevention of climate change.
The Charge Around Australia project will power a Tesla electric car with 18 printed plastic solar panels, each 18 meters long. During parking, the panels will be laid out next to the car and recharge the battery.
Printed solar panel inventor Paul Dastur said the Newcastle University team will test not only the endurance of the panels, but also their performance for other applications.
“It’s really the perfect test bed for us to figure out how we can use and power technology in other remote places like space,” Dastur told Reuters.
A printed solar panel is a lightweight PET plastic laminate that can be made for $10 per square meter. The panels are made on a printer originally used to print wine labels.
Dastur said using panels to power the car would make EVs more thoughtful and help alleviate their “ranging worries.” The scientist is sure that the head of Tesla Elon Musk will be pleased when he learns about the unusual initiative of the inventors.
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