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While the chassis is designed to have up to a 174 mile range, they're saying the MH version will only have a 100 mile range due to the added weight. It's powered by a 228-Ah sodium-nickle-cloride battery.

It also says it has 334 sq ft of thin-film solar panels on the exterior for 3,000 watts of solar, but I don't know how you could get all of them into the sunlight at one time?

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Thank you for sharing.


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That is very cool!

Here's the battery specs. Very different chemistry from Li RV batteries. I really like seeing battery technology getting more and more robust.

228ah seems very, very low for this application. I suppose the solar would be counted on for support. I carry a 100ah 48v pack and it's not very big or heavy.

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and.... It's butt ugly to boot. Reminds me of a kitchen tile floor but vertical.


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Just the ticket to go to the local campground or go 'cross country' 100 miles a day...

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SidecarFlip wrote:

Just the ticket to go to the local campground or go 'cross country' 100 miles a day...
You wouldn't ever have to worry about driving for too long on any given day.


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punomatic wrote:

SidecarFlip wrote:

Just the ticket to go to the local campground or go 'cross country' 100 miles a day...
You wouldn't ever have to worry about driving for too long on any given day.


Fair statement but, Imagine being in a traffic jam and running out of juice.... Bad ju-ju...

Still fugly.

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SidecarFlip wrote:

punomatic wrote:

SidecarFlip wrote:

Just the ticket to go to the local campground or go 'cross country' 100 miles a day...
You wouldn't ever have to worry about driving for too long on any given day.


Fair statement but, Imagine being in a traffic jam and running out of juice.... Bad ju-ju...

Still fugly.

Not only that has anyone thought of the what Rocks and dirt would do the panels?

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This is my dream vehicle 100% self contained BUT they need to work on so many things about it before it becomes practical. Nice to see a step in the right direction.

We have a local guy that has a cub van with panels on the roof and both sides. I think he lives in it but I have yet to see him when I have time to talk.


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It is a step in the right direction, but I notice that the web article implies that the 3KW of solar is adequate for charging the EV batteries. Maybe if you are ok with driving 100 miles and waiting for 2 weeks of steady sun so you can drive home. It would be much more practical if they made it a plugin EV-hybrid like the Chevy Volt. With no hybrid component you would be totally dependent on plugging it in at every campsite.

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