The cars of the future may finally be arriving. The first ever solar-powered car and a mass-produced hydrogen-powered car are coming to the market soon. A solar-powered car, the Lightyear 0, from Dutch startup Valmet and while the company has not yet released plan on selling the vehicle in the U.S. just yet there will be an update provided in January. While a hydrogen-powered Honda CR-V is set to come to markets in 2024. And while similar to the solar-powered car, the hydrogen-powered Honda has yet to release many details on the time frame for its release.

Valmet’s solar-powered car will be an all-electric four-door car with over 50 square feet of solar panels on its hood and roof that will supposedly be able to generate up to 43-miles-worth of electricity a day. It is also set to host a relatively small weight at 3,500 pounds which is due to its small 60-kilowatt-hour battery pack. The car will also not have side mirrors which the company claims in combination with narrow tires the lack of mirrors will reduce wind and road resistance. The company has claimed that the car will essentially be able to run over 300 miles on a charge and become an everyday driver on solar power alone.

The popular Honda CR-V coming with a hydrogen-powered model could bring an already popular vehicle into a relatively unused market. The advantage of hydrogen power is that like gas hydrogen-powered vehicles can be “refueled” in minus unlike traditional electric powered vehicles. The CR-V will also feature a small battery that can be recharged, like a plug-in hybrid, though details surrounding this feature have yet to be released. This fuel cell version of the CR-V is set to launch this fall with a combination range of 40 mpg.

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Don M
1 month ago

Interesting solar powered car. What if it’s cloudy for several days? How long does it have to be exposed to completely charge? What about people that have to park in a parking garage?
I have a two car garage at my house and my car is parked in it every night as this keeps the car in much better condition. Will a hailstorm destroy the panels? Can someone destroy them with a hammer? If so, gives miscreants even more things to damage or destroy.
Just another stop gap proposed product that won’t make it mainstream.
I think hydrogen fuel cell is the future, not EVs or this solar powered EV.

1 month ago
Reply to  Don M

Gasoline and diesel is the future. Always will be. Unless we go back to horses and oxen.

1 month ago

I’ll stick with suck squeeze bang blow. Proven reliable efficient low tech for only the last 120 years. While the electric car failed as far back as 1908.