This started as just another ho-hum, run-of-the-mill, zero emissions, homemade solar powered EV.
But, sensibly, noting the enormous contribution of the wind turbine in the “snout” 400 watts at 28 MPH, night or day! Joe Rush, the inventor plans on adding a second wind turbine! This would bring the total on-board electricity supply to nearly 1 KW. Well, at least when it’s traveling at 28 mph, it would.
Perhaps following the findings of that Federal study which recently found that wind power is the second most cost-effective investment for Federal renewable energy dollars, right behind geothermal power Joe Rush is simply utilizing the free energy generated by simply being a moving vehicle: wind, from which he creates the first wind powered EV.
[social_buttons] Unfettered by the slow-moving decision-making procedures of giant auto companies (some of which will no doubt still be trying to sell us gas guzzlers even while our poor planet enters it’s second Eocene) Joe is able to nimbly head back to the drawing board for this radical revision. A second wind turbine will be added.
Given the tiny size of the vehicle, I’d suggest discarding the relatively meager solar contribution altogether (as there’s only enough space for 75 Watts worth of panels) to make some room for the second “snout” to sniff up more wind.
Or perhaps, in the interests of traditional auto styling; the two wind “snouts” could be in the two spots that are usually reserved for headlights. I see this vehicle is unencumbered by headlights, unless… is that a lightbulb on the roof?
Like so many backyard inventors, Joe provides us far more detailed specs than the average auto company provides: for instance we find that the motor is half the weight of the entire car and that when empty, the car weighs 1,200 lbs, but with two people, it weighs 1,570 lbs.
“Specications for Solar Car;
4-speed tanaxle vw
300 amp 24 volt DC motor 600lbs.
Batteries 4-6volt 320lbs.
Body + Frame 200lbs.
Weight empty 1200lbs.
Two passagers 350lbs
Tolal weight 1570lbs.
Average load 110amps at 30mph
Top speed 50mph
Grade per Load N/A”
Here’s his original plan:
I guess it’s back to the drawing board for the second wind turbine. If you have any suggestions, or if you’d like a job in design or engineering (or drawing?) at Joe’s zero emissions wind-powered electric vehicle startup; contact Mr. Joseph A. Rush, in Des Moines IA 50315 or by telephone at (515)256-8074