Solar charging panels are now available for Club Car vehicles, including the Carryall utility vehicle (UV) and the Villager low-speed vehicles (LSV). These are 48-volt electric vehicles and can use solar power with the 100-watt charging panel system.
Under testing, the system generated 29 percent of the total energy needed to drive eight miles per day. According to Club Car, this technology was developed for military communications equipment. It’s 40 inches by 26 inches, weighs less than six pounds and is .20 inches thick.
The panels are made up of a lightweight, impact-resistant, photo-voltaic material (solar energy to electricity capabilities) with a Teflon-like coating to protect the cells. They adjust to different weather conditions and use a microprocessor to charge quickly but minimize overheating risk.
The system comes with a controller and connector to the vehicle’s power supply and can be self installed or dealer installed in 20 minutes. Other types of vehicles in the Club Car line may be fitted for solar panel configuration in their custom solutions department.