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    The Solar panel was very dirty. We have major tree pollen the past week.
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    So how many sunny days do it need to charge from empty to full battery?
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    Quote Originally Posted by llninja View Post
    So how many sunny days do it need to charge from empty to full battery?
    Best case scenario, keeping it flat like that, would probably be around 10 to charge from empty to full. Anything less than best case scenario would be A LOT longer

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    Quote Originally Posted by firehawk72 View Post
    Best case scenario, keeping it flat like that, would probably be around 10 to charge from empty to full. Anything less than best case scenario would be A LOT longer
    If 10 perfect days is true, then the additional charge from a perfect day would probably not overcome losses from additional weight and the reduced aerodynamics during my daily commute. The only way to overcome this is probably some sort of contraption like satellites have to open up a much larger folding array of solar panels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by llninja View Post
    If 10 perfect days is true, then the additional charge from a perfect day would probably not overcome losses from additional weight and the reduced aerodynamics during my daily commute. The only way to overcome this is probably some sort of contraption like satellites have to open up a much larger folding array of solar panels.
    Or a more efficient solar panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRRF View Post
    Or a more efficient solar panel.
    Maybe a 20-30% more efficient solar panel is possible, but I doubt we'll see a 10x improvement in the next 5 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by llninja View Post
    Maybe a 20-30% more efficient solar panel is possible, but I doubt we'll see a 10x improvement in the next 5 years.
    Considering solar panels are only about 20% efficient currently, I would guess a 2x improvement is likely. And in my lifetime I wouldn't be surprised at a 4x improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRRF View Post
    Considering solar panels are only about 20% efficient currently, I would guess a 2x improvement is likely. And in my lifetime I wouldn't be surprised at a 4x improvement.
    Waiting a lifetime to get a single solar panel to charge in 2.5 days instead of 10 days is too long for me to wait. A transformer or hoberman-like contraption to unfold more panels while parked is definitely a more likely scenario.
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    I still like the idea of a roof and hood integrated solar panel just to keep things up. Maybe charge the 12v battery so those issues go away.

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    Demo/display for a solar installation company? Can't really see the wrap too well. Experiment? Obviously not enough panel to even drive the oem ESVE to 8 amps.

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