Electromobility and solar power are the ideal combinations. A solar system on the roof, carport, car park etc generates electricity for the electric cars in the immediate vicinity.
Electric vehicles with a solar system are optimum. That makes the e-mobile completely independent of charging stations. Of course, it is important to install sufficient solar cells on or near the vehicle. On commercial vehicles, such as trucks or lorries, there can be sufficient space for solar modules. The whole thing is then called vehicle integrated PV (VIPV).
The first steps towards vehicle-integrated photovoltaics have been taken by a consortium around the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hameln (ISFH). The ISFH has equipped a light commercial vehicle with photovoltaics (VIPV). The solar cells on the vehicle generate solar power from sunlight. Solar power charges the car’s high-voltage batteries. In this prototype, the solar power from the solar system is currently still used to extend the range of the vehicle. In this case, this means more range, less petrol/diesel consumption and considerable CO2 savings through vehicle-integrated photovoltaics.
The large body surfaces of a van or truck offer plenty of space for the installation of solar systems or solar modules. The photovoltaic surface or vehicle-integrated solar system not only charges the battery for the electric motor but also supplies electricity for the auxiliary units in the vehicle.