I have been a fan of new Technologies that emerged in today’s era. In the Automotive Industry, Electric Vehicles are becoming popular in the US. Although these cars have been introduced in the past long time ago, Electric Vehicles are being re-introduced back due to the large negative effect of Combustion Engines to our environment.
To start with, I can say that I can truly relate to this Solar Technology. I have actually created a Solar Panel this year. Out of the raw materials, I know the procedures and understand how the system works. Which is why when I have learned that GM started a revolutionary Solar Tracking Tree, I got excited and somehow believe that finally, a free and continuous supply of electrical energy from the Sun can now be implemented to Electric Vehicles through Charging Stations.
What is this Solar Tracking Tree anyway? This is designed for Electric Vehicles as a re-charging station using Solar Energy. Solar Cells which constitute Solar Panels, Deep Cycle Batteries, Charge Controllers are what I believe to be the main components. This charging station is designed like a Tree in which the Solar Panels are located on top and held or supported by a Trunk where charging outlets are located.
One of the features of this Solar Charging Station is that it can Track the Sun by tilting the Solar Panel in order that the best position is achieved to get the Sun’s energy. According to SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers), the Solar Tracking Tree which was developed by General Motors can accommodate six Electric Vehicles (Six Chevrolet Volt vehicles).
In the US, the future of Electric Vehicles seems promising. The introduction of Solar Tracking Tree by GM proves that Electric Vehicles can extend driving range once these charging stations are installed in perhaps in every 400 or 500 kilometers. Since using Renewable Energy from the Sun to provide propulsion to Electric Vehicles, we can assume that the price for customers would be reasonable. Who knows, maybe in the future it will be FREE of charge.
Reference, Image Source: Society of Automotive Engineers International (SAE), Google images