Using electric cars has been an idea that has seemed out of reach for many years, not only because the cars are expensive, but also because there aren’t any stations available for re-charging. The past few years have brought new ideas and innovations to the front and into more people’s awareness, helping to advance a demand for the vehicles.
In 2009, attention was brought to how to provide an easy way for electric car owners to re-charge their cars. A man in China named Neville Mars came up with a brilliant idea in which solar panels would be affixed on top of what looked like trees. The solar panels would follow the sun throughout the day, maximizing the amount of solar energy that could be collected.
Electric vehicles were starting to become more available in 2009 and since then, the electric vehicle industry has grown. Mars’ idea was very innovative and would provide a place to plug a car into, as well as provide shade.
Each of the “trees” is composed of a set of photovoltaic “leaves” mounted on a branching pole. The outlet for use is located at the bottom of the trunk. The Solar Forest that Mars came up with acts as an excellent place to plug in an electric car in a visually appealing urban landscape. Check out the slideshow to the left!
As of 2011, the idea for the Solar Forest has been patented. The patent is owned by Solar Forest International Corp. in Portland, OR. It is not clear whether any of these Solar Forests have been installed anywhere, but one thing is clear. Neville Mars designed a great way to foster the growth of the electric car movement throughout the world. The fact that Mars’ idea has been patented shows that we are closer to implementing his ideas and creating these Solar Forest stations.
It has been clear for decades now that we need to look for alternatives to how we currently live or we will be out of resources before we know it. Electric cars are still too expensive for most people to buy, but more and more people are doing what they can. And with inventions like the ones Neville Mars came up with, we are well on the way to having an environmentally efficient society.
There are several lots in the South Bend area that sell electric cars. Check out the South Bend Yellow Pages to find out where electric cars are sold.
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