I have read very little about it (just quick news app headlines) but this type of technology may come to vehicles
At its core, the most basic essential feature of any vehicle is that it enables freedom. Freedom to travel further than your own two legs allow. And it’s difficult to imagine something that could potentially enable more freedom than a boat with a virtually unlimited range and that doesn’t require refueling.
That’s exactly what two companies partnered to do and they now have a working prototype and several units in production.
The Solarwave is a 54-feet catamaran built by Switzerland-based SOLARWAVE AG and it is equipped with an electric powertrain manufactured by Turkey-based Imecar.
Electrek talked with Imecar founder Mark Lander who described the powertrain of the boat as equipped with 2 60 kW electric motors, a 80 kWh battery pack and a 15 kW solar array.
Lander said that at a cruising speed of 5 knots, the Solarwave has virtually an unlimited range and can travel day and night thanks to the large battery pack. He added that the current battery pack in the first boat they made is powered by Kokam lithium polymer pouch cells, but the next boats will be powered by Samsung’s latest cells.
https://electrek.co/2016/11/02/solar-ba ... solarwave/