Solar Tent Keeps Electric Cars Charged When Parked

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V-Tent solar charging system [Image: Hakan Gursu, Design Nobis]

V-Tent solar charging system [Image: Hakan Gursu, Design Nobis]

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Solar power and electric cars go hand-in-hand, and many owners equip their homes with solar panels to ensure the electricity they're charging with is as green as possible.

That isn't always the case when charging away from home, but it would be if your local parking spot had a 'V-Tent' system.

The work of Hakan Gursu of Turkish design studio Nobis (via DesignBoom), the V-Tent is a way of charging and protecting your electric car at the same time.

It may look odd, but there would be plenty of benefits.

First and foremost, solar charging keeps that electric car of yours green. But parked in a hot space all day, your interior would be closer to red hot than it would be green--so the V-Tent features small ventilation tubes beneath the solar panels.

As well as your car being in the shade beneath the tent, these insulate it from the hotter surface above. A reflective layer below these further protects your car.

It would be protected from theft, too--enclosed within the framework holding the panels over your car. And the design images show it would require little more space than your average parking spot.

Drivers would access the system via smartphone, and payment could be made on a small stand integrated into the machine. A slick lighting system shows whether a tent is available, charging, or charged.

It's only at the design stage, but the concept is a long way from being unrealistic--in fact, it seems quite feasible, particularly in remote areas where parking space isn't at a premium.

At the right price, would you even consider a similar system on your driveway? Leave your thoughts on the V-Tent below.


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Comments (5)
  1. I hope they don't seriously plan to make this just rest on top of the car. Anyone who values their paint or radio antenna wouldn't come near this thing.

  2. Cool idea. Clunky design, but I'm sure it could be improved. It would be different, seeking a parking spot in the sun instead of the shade...

  3. I would prefer a line of shaded car charging stations using solar panels cantilevered from the kerb. If grid tied they would roughly keep up with the charging on average. Much nicer to park in the shade.

  4. So, the "Solar tent" might potentially cost more than the car itself without any discount/tax incentives...

  5. It is an innovative approach that may work well in remote parts of the World - particularly off grid. I remember stopping at a rest area in the mid West back in the late Eighties and the unattended area was powered by modest wind turbine. Removing the need to cable grid power into the middle of nowhere. In the UK there are remote farms etc. that get cheaper power off grid via a combination of wind / hydro / solar / battery with generator backup if all else fails. Even in developed countries, there is a place for this kind of thinking. Especially as the energy cost (in the UK) is getting to the level where many could make their energy for similar cost than what they are paying the grid suppliers.

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