Chinese e-mobility firm runs EV for 30 days purely on solar


Chinese e-mobility company Hanergy Glory Solar Technology has recently concluded a one-month test drive of the world’s first commercial solar power vehicle solution at the China Automotive Technology and Research Centre, which can run without pole charging for consecutive 30 days.  

The test, conducted with a Chinese K-Car, a fully solar-powered vehicle developed jointly by Hanergy Glory and JoyLong Automobile, ran for 20 kilometres under normal sunlight for 30 days without pole-charging.

Throughout the testing period, thin-film solar panels stretched across the roof of the car, continued to absorb sunlight, which was subsequently converted into electrical power for supply to the entire vehicle.

Standing true to clean energy giant’s claim, by the end of the 30-day programme, there was still more than 60% battery power remaining.

What this means for the Chinese K-Car is that even during winters when the solar modules are receiving sunlight at lesser intensities, they will still be able to provide sufficient power for a vehicle. 

“During the 30-day test drive, each day after a 20km testing drive, the battery still (had) a 60%-80% power left, which means the car can still run a further 30km to 80km, making the solar car’s daily range reach to 50km to 100km, enough for daily commuters,” said Dr. Lu Tao, CEO of Glory Solar Technology Company.

According to Hanergy Glory, the vehicle was built on the model of the Japanese K-Car, a category of vehicle that was created to meet basic daily transportation needs. The emergence of China’s middle class is driving the demand for a vehicle that could serve multiple purposes including daily commutes and family trips. By readjusting the backseat, this highly flexible five-seat vehicle can also easily carry a wheelchair.

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Dr. Lu Tao said the company will provide solar power solutions to auto makers. “The integration of solar in new car designs is accelerating. Our recent functionality test to charge the car using solar has shown exceedingly good results. We’re on a mission to integrate most efficient flexible solar panels onto new-age cars to ensure zero pollution. We hope to work with automobile companies to boost the trend of integrating solar in cars to promote the concept of the sustainable world globally.”

Glory Solar Technology Company, an EV startup proposed the concept of “Plug-In Never” as a way to solve common issues faced by owners of more traditional electric vehicles that heavily rely on charging piles scattered within cities.

More than 10 developed countries have announced they’ll ban internal combustion engines or fossil-fuel cars within a defined time period, China is also making the move to that direction.

“Our thin-film solar automobile solution ease users’ pain of find(ing) charging facilities, as they can charge anywhere they want, on and off driving, as long as there is light. No matter it’s direct sunshine or gloomy weathers, as low-light power generation is one of the system’s flagship features,” said Dr. Lu Tao.

Hanergy also contributed to the installation of its Miasolé flexible thin-film model, running on ten buses in operation in Oslo and Hønefoss. 

Besides express delivery cars, automobiles, Hanergy Glory also has mass produced the solar golf car, which has been sold to some golf courses in China.