There are cars on the road that run on electricity instead of gasoline. And that's great, it really is. But you have to charge them, which is a problem if there are no charging stations in your area.
But what if your car could charge itself with the sun? It would be refuelling while you parked, or even while you're driving. My question: would it be practical? More specifically, let's assume the following:
- The car's feature set, weight, and charging time are comparable to that of a Tesla Model 3
- The car can still be charged with conventional charging stations
- The car can be designed around solar panels (as opposed to haphazardly grafting them on)
Given this, can an electric car be powered with solar energy in a manner that is practical, either as a primary source or as a supplement?