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A Car of the Future Portfolio

Problem

How could renewable energy sources be used to power a car?

Renewable energy, such as Biomass, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind, and Solar could be used
to create a car that is run by one of these renewable energy sources rather than by gasoline which
burns fossil fuels and pollutes our environment.

My Plan

1- My car of the future will be an electric car that is powered by solar energy.

2- My car will have a electric engine and that engine will be powered by solar energy that is
gathered from solar panels on the car’s roof. The engine will work the same
How could each source be used? The electric engine source would be used to turn the solar ray
gathered from the solar panels into energy. The electric engine would then use that solar energy
to power the car.
What equipment would be needed? The car would need an electric engine that is able to be
powered by solar energy and electronic energy from an outlet.
Where would this equipment be located? The electric engine would be located in the front of
the car, under the hood. The solar panels would be located on the top of the car- covering the
roof, hood, and trunk.
What backup systems should be included? The car will have the backup system for electricity
only- so that if there is not enough sunlight to power the engine, the owner can plug the car into
an appropriate electrical outlet and charge the car.

3. See the sketch of my car on the attached page.

Analyze and Conclude


1. Which renewable energy sources did you use in your car? I used renewable solar energy to
power my car.
2. What are the advantages of using renewable energy sources instead of fossil fuels? The
advantage of solar energy is that it never runs out, and it is a clean source of energy that doesn’t
populate the environment, unlike fossil fuels which are neither renewable or clean.
3. Which renewable energy sources did you not include in your designs? Why didn’t you
use them? I did not include Biomass, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind, or Biodiesel because
which the design of the car and the amount of time that the car spends outside, I felt that solar
would be the best source of energy.
4. Do you think people in the future will have cars like the ones you designed? Why or why
not? I do think that in the future there will be cars like this one for people to drive. There are
already electric cars on the road, so it only makes sense that that same type of electric engine
could be powered with solar energy, rather than regular energy.