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BMW Unveils Solar-Energy Harvesting Carport

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   6/12/2014 4:36:22 AM
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Yes, that is a pretty clever feature, Cabe. I think that could be the way forward for people who can't put solar panels on the roof because of their location. I think time will tell how well this design works but it's a good idea anyway.

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Cabe Atwell   6/12/2014 1:15:22 AM
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Seems like a great idea, I like the fact that you can transfer the collected power over to your home when you don't need it for your car.

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Elizabeth M   6/2/2014 9:15:08 AM
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Good points, NadineJ. This technology may be difficult to sell to city dwellers for just the reasons you described, but for folks in the countryside and suburbs I think it's definitely more viable and a good choice.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/28/2014 1:08:28 PM
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That moss growing on plastic thing only happens in winter and spring. But not this year!

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Elizabeth M   5/28/2014 10:51:08 AM
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It seems like you are in the right location for this sort of application, AnandY. I think an EV or hybrid is a really good choice for you. Range Rovers are nice cars, of course, but seem like they would be, as you mention, a serious drain on the wallet in terms of gasoline purchase. It's good to see you rethinking your vehicle. I myself drive a diesel here in Europe, and while it's a bit better in terms of mileage and affordability than gasoline vehicles, I sure would prefer an EV or a hybrid. I'm not in the position to buy a new car at the moment, though!

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Elizabeth M   5/28/2014 9:58:08 AM
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Sounds beautiful, Ann! I used to live in SF so am familiar a bit with that area...how incredible those Redwood trees are. Portugal is lovely as well, and not as humid this time of year (though we're having a strange rainy spell--usually it's nonstop sun by now after a rainy winter). We can do lots of solar-roof installations here, thanks to all the sunshine and the lack of very big trees like the ones you have!

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Elizabeth M   5/28/2014 9:56:18 AM
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Thanks for your post, akwaman. You've made some good points and it seems you are not alone in this opinion. We should look at what companies do with a critical eye, even as we promote their efforts to try new things and support new technologies. The proof is always in how new technologies are adopted and if they are indeed beneficial and cost effective for consumers.

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NadineJ   5/28/2014 1:01:37 AM
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@fm-I think anyone who's interested in alternative power thinks about the contingencies.  There are contractors who will read your space before installing to make sure that what you choose is in the correct place. 

I don't think it'll be a problem in the suburbs or rural areas.  It can become an issue in cities.  You may buy a place with a great view and lots of sun only to have a 80 unit condo hi-rise spring up next door blocking everything.

I think it's great.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/27/2014 1:29:14 PM
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I'm in the redwoods in northern Santa Cruz County, Liz.
It is beautiful here. It's also (except this year) very, very damp. Moss actually grows on plastic here--that's not a joke.

I understand Portugal is also beautiful, and hopefully less humid.

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fm   5/27/2014 12:40:09 PM
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@ElizabethM, please understand; i'm not referring to parking the car in the sun or in the shade of the carport. My point is that no one considers where they'll be parking their car when they're buying the car. They just want the car. The same mindset can easily carry over to this solar carport - people buying it are not in the frame of mind to consider the carport's location and whether it might be shaded for part (most?) of the day. They just want the carport. If they look later - in 6 months or a year - and find that their expensive solar carport didn't produce much (because it's in the shade of their big house for half the day and some big trees for the other half - and it's covered in leaves anyway!), they won't be very happy with BMW. Things like that can tarnish BMW's brand.

I still say BMW's heart is in the right place and their enthusiasm for renewables is commendable, but i don't think they've thought this thing out.

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