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Electric cars have been around commercially since 1880’s and predate internal combustion engined cars … But is charging one with solar power a new idea?

Check out this amazing UK film clip from 1960 showing a 50 year old 1912 Baker Electric going strong which is charged up using an array of “new fangled solar cells”!

PV cells had only been commercially available for 3 or 4 years at that time this film clip was made and were only about 4-5% efficient. The cost per unit area in 1960 was around 30,000 more than today’s mass produced panels that are variously 15-20% efficient. Meanwhile oil prices have gone through the roof ... and its running out.

1960 Solar charged Electric car :-


Heres Jay Leno using his 1909 Baker Electric in California :-
 
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