Solar cars are like electric cars with  electric motors and battery packs  powered entirely or in large part by solar energy – in most cases, photovoltaic (PV) cells, found in solar panels, convert the energy provided from the sun into usable electric energy. Solar cells will typically convert a good percentage of the sunlight hitting them into electricity to power your vehicle. If your vehicle is running while this is taking place, the electricity channeled through your electric motor will instantly power your vehicle. If your vehicle is powered off, the electricity is used to charge your battery pack for later use.

Aptera Motors now claims its updated electric three-wheeler will be able to run entirely on solar power, with no charging required for daily use. 1,000 miles generous range can get you anywhere. You can recharge by the sun or if you need it faster you can use an electric outlet for fast charging.

What are the benefits? First and foremost, zero emissions. Solar vehicles are powered with electric motors, meaning they do not burn any fuel. You’ll also be conserving resources with a solar vehicle. Because solar vehicles do not use fuel or require regular oil changes, they are not dependent upon petroleum products. Solar vehicles don’t require gas or diesel so you will not have to worry about the rising prices of these fuels. Lastly, and probably the most important, is preserving the planet healthy and clean for future generations.

Another good alternative to solar cars is getting an electric car that is powered by electricity that was generated from solar panels on the roof of your solar home. Now is it actually cheaper to generate electricity from your roof and charge your electric car than going to the gas station! If you compare 50 years of car use you will spend above $270,000 for gas versus only $12,000 for solar panels and 2 inverters. You can see it is dramatic savings.  If you are a homeowner there are special programs that are $0 out of pocket for the installation of a solar system on the roof of your home that can power your electric car. Check if your home qualifies and how much the sun will save you.