The current state of battery electric vehicles – BEVs – technology leads to several problems. For example, range anxiety: Having to plan routes ahead of time to make sure a charging station is always in proximity leads to a constant anxiety for BEV owners which makes customers apprehensive about the idea of switching to BEVs. Furthermore, most BEVs having a lower range than current gas vehicles, also limits their adoption rate. Finally, BEVs are prone to what is known as parasitic current drain: batteries are constantly drained even while the vehicle is turned off due to
electrical components still being active. This problem leads to a dramatically lower electric range and can lead to permanent damage to the vehicle’s batteries. CapSolar and the SAE Car Revival project aims to fix these problems by adding an additional source of energy, solar energy, in case of an emergency, boosting
Concordia SAE’s electric vehicle’s range and offsetting its parasitic current drain, as long as a source of light is present.