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12 Awesome Solar-Powered Concept Cars

Even in today’s environmentally-aware times, many scoff at solar powered cars as an impractical fantasy with no hope of real-world success. And it’s true that solar energy wont be replacing gasoline in the immediate (1-5 year) future. However, that hasn’t stopped some of the best and brightest minds in automotive engineering from trying. As proof, here are 12 solar powered concept cars that might be turning heads on the world’s roads and highways in years to come!

The Koenigsegg Quant

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If you haven’t already heard of Koenigsegg, expect to soon. The Swedish supercar firm has developed a concept car called the Quant utilizing a most unlikely combination of power sources: solar energy and pyrite, otherwise known as fool’s gold. A company spokesperson at the Geneva Motor Show was quoted as saying the Quant will have a 300 mile range and take just 20 minutes to fully recharge.
The Peugeot Shoo


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One of the more futuristic-looking solar concept cars, the Peugeot Shoo utilizes a triangular design and a solar paneled roof to power the engine. According to DeviceDaily, the design was inspired by a boat and much of the car’s aerodynamism is due to that.
The Italdesign Giugiaro Quaranta


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The Quaranta is one of the most sleek and dynamic solar concept cars currently in existence. Its batteries are powered completely by solar energy, which is collected via panels positioned on the roof and front end of the vehicle. While the bulk of the Quaranta was designed by Italdesign Giugiaro, Toyota contributed its expertise to the sophisticated electronics.


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