The Tour de Sol Reports, 2006
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Unless otherwise noted, these all photos were taken by and Copyright 2006 to John Helwig.


When electricity is 30 cents a kiloWatt-hour and gasoline even more expensive on your island, what do you do? You run your van on sunlight!

Notice the small solar panel on the roof. The bulk of the solar recharging current comes from the 5.2 kiloWatt panel on the school's roof.

Putting the batteries under the bench seats makes lots of sense. The weight is closer to the center of gravity of the vehicle, and yet getting to and working on the batteries is simple.

Here is the extra battery box, with its two extra batteries and a secret feminine touch. This too is easy to get at.

The co-conspirators.