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This flower-like solar panel is so light that you can use it to power your car while you’re driving

The Lotus Mobile is an 18-panel solar device that unfolds into a flower shape, and is so lightweight that inventor Joseph Hui was able to mount it on his Tesla Roadster and use it to charge the car.

OK, it’s probably not safe to permanently mount the Lotus Mobile on your vehicle, for the same reason it’s not really a good idea to drive around wearing a gigantic floppy-brimmed hat:


But that’s not its real purpose — the point of mobile solar is to bring electricity to places that are underserved or unserved by current energy grids.


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