More Travel, Less Stops with Solar Vehicles

Reader dreams of cheap solar vehicles.

| January/February 2012

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    Solar vehicles allow us to reduce our carbon footprint.

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The creation I dream about isn’t something new, but instead would be a remarkable change – or perhaps upgrade is a better word – in transportation vehicles that have been around for many years.

I would start upgrading cars first, then airplanes, and then move on to other types of public transportation.

The reason for a change to solar vehicles

I have many friends and relatives living hundreds or thousands of miles away. Some are in other states, while others are in foreign countries.

I love traveling to see these people, and I would love to see them more often, but because of the expense of such trips, it’s just not something I can afford to do.

Alternative fuels

The cost of gasoline for vehicles is expensive, and the price of airline tickets has increased over the years – due to the rising cost of fuel, I’m sure. Because of these expenses, traveling – especially longer distances – is difficult for most of us.

My invention would be a solar hood for solar cars and trucks that would absorb the sun’s heat and transfer it to a battery that powers the vehicle. As for solar airplanes, the heat would be absorbed through the wings as fuel. Between these two upgrades, I would be able to zip around the world to see anybody, anywhere, anytime I wanted.

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