If you don't live close to a public charging point, this could be the answer.
Vehicles that make use of solar power aren't new, but often, those vehicles are deriving only a small percentage of their energy needs from the sun. Hyundai's solar roof on the Sonata Hybrid increases gas mileage marginally, but the sedan still relies mostly on its gas engine. A company called Worksport has come up with a tonneau cover for trucks that doubles as a solar panel, providing up to 30 percent of an electric truck's energy needs. A California-based startup called Humble is taking solar power a step further with its Humble One SUV, and the energy - and range - it derives purely from the sun is quite impressive.
The One has a solar roof covering over 82 square feet that recharges the battery to provide 60 miles of range per day or over 21,000 miles in a year. Of course, the Humble One can also be charged via a regular charging point as you would any other electric vehicle. By so doing, it can attain a total driving range of 500 miles. Humble doesn't quote any performance figures, but it does say that the One SUV provides a massive 1,020 horsepower, which should make it incredibly quick. A five-seater, this SUV's appearance is anything but humble, although the production version may be toned down. Right now, it has the biggest mouth of any vehicle we've seen, ultra-slim headlights, and enormous wheels.
The aerodynamic body has otherwise smooth surfaces, contributing to its impressive drag coefficient of 0.25. How much will you need to pay for this solar-powered SUV? No less than $109,000, a price that excludes taxes and any options. That's likely to make it quite a bit more expensive than the upcoming GMC Hummer EV SUV (the Hummer EV Pickup starts at $79,995). According to Humble, a mere three percent of the global population can access a public charging point within 15 miles of where they live. The One SUV's 60-mile range from solar power alone eliminates this problem. It remains to be seen what this revolutionary vehicle will be like to drive but we'll be able to answer that in 2024 when production gets underway.