One of the biggest challenges for electric car makers and owners is to be able to recharge their vehicles away from the charging network,media reported. Gazelle, a French company, is making electric cars, and many people find the company’s products unattractive. But the company’s car has an interesting design, and that’s its hood, which can be automatically spread out and recycled.
The cover itself is a tarpaulin, using armor ASCA organic photovoltaic film modules. The technique is based on semiconductor organic polymers in the form of thin layers deposited by coating processes on flexible films. Armor says the flexible solar panel softens at least 50,000 times before loss occurs.
Armor also points out that the solar film itself can be applied directly to the body, panoramic roof or window. The solar cell is expected to be 30 times lighter than other photovoltaic technologies on the market. The hood is extremely flexible and is automatically used in the rear bumper of the phone when it is not needed.
As for Gazalle, the manufacturer says the car is highly efficient, partly because of its ultra-light materials and design. It is said to be about 70 wH/km efficient. This means that the range is approximately 8 miles per kWh. Unfortunately, the company didn’t say how much power such a retractable hood would add to an electric car.