Transportation vehicles designed to reduce dependence on fossil fuels are discussed. An ultralight surface transportation vehicle for practical commuting which was advanced aerodynamics, structures and mechanisms is a possibility. Such a safe, all-weather vehicle for one or two persons seem feasible for operating with less than one horsepower. It is rated that there is potential for the photovoltari cell as a power source. These non-polluting cells will become quite inexpensive in the next few years. An aircraft, the delicate Gossamer Penguin, has been equipped with a solar panel powering an electric motor, and flown with a light-weight pilot on the sun's power. The Solar Challenger now under construction, will be strong enough for high-altitude flight and, with solar cells completely covering the wing, is scheduled for a San Diego to Los Angeles flight, and later, a Paris to London flight.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

    Office of Consumer Affairs
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • MacCready, P
  • Publication Date: 1980-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 22-23
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322696
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM