The Tour de Sol Reports, 2003
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Unless otherwise noted, these all photos were taken by and Copyright 2003 to John Helwig.

Solar Black Bear, #20

The Solar Black Bear is a working vehicle that is truly solar powered. From May to November it is used around the University of Maine campus, driving about 15 miles a day. During that time it is not plugged in. All of its power comes from the sun.

The 1100 Watt solar panel can be tilted to either side and by varying amounts to maximize to sun energy collected.

The hatches in the truck bed have plastic covers to show off the batteries without having the terminals exposed. Remove those covers, and the batteries are then accessible.

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