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Solar EV

Updated: Jan 21, 2022

Hugh Sifu: [00:00:00] Hey, guys, thanks for listening to Thoughts of a Random Citizen. I wanted to remind everyone that the ideas expressed in the show are just thoughts from a random citizen. While I do have my areas of expertise and do my best to research thoroughly before each episode, this podcast is designed to stir conversation and provoke your mind. These are just thoughts that pop in and out of the head of an everyday citizen. Please keep that in mind when listening, and understand that facts and logic rule the day. Thanks for keeping an open mind and happy listening.

All right, welcome back to Thoughts of a Random Citizen. Thank you for tuning in today, guys. Hopefully, the one-day delay in the release of this episode didn't hurt your guy's feelings, although I highly doubt it did. As I am traveling quite heavily and on the road at the moment, it's been a bit more difficult for me to edit and release episodes, which is partly the reason of the change in content that I will be releasing.

I am going to do a bit more shorter episodes, just hit on a topic, as was my original idea of Thoughts of a Random Citizen. That'll allow me to give more thorough content on deep dives, which is primarily all I've released up to this point, and also focus more on interviews, which will hopefully give you guys more content as well and better content and opposing ideas to just my own thoughts. Mostly because I'm traveling, so all reasons in which I'm changing up on you guys, but I think you guys will enjoy it quite a bit.

However, quickly on my travels so far, I know I promised a travel episode a while back, which I will get into eventually. Just to briefly touch on the travels that I've done so far, after leaving Glenelg in Adelaide, which was a very great place, [00:02:00] I went through Kangaroo Island, Great Ocean Road, and I'm now in Tazzy. It has been amazing, it is much greener on this side of Australia than the west side of Australia and the north side of Australia. If you're looking for that in your travels, I recommend southeast or pretty much all east. Kangaroo Island was beautiful. Unfortunately, it was part of the crazy fires of last year in Australia, but it's still amazing.

Going this far south or north, as I've noticed while traveling, is just a different kind of beauty in and of itself. I really recommend going to the north and south for the edges of the oceans, the cliffs, it's all beautiful. That encompasses the entire Great Ocean Road. There's some great rain forests in between, waterfalls everywhere.

Tazzy has maybe been the highlight of my Australia so far, it is just insane. Hopefully, when COVID is over, you guys can enjoy some of the travels that I've been fortunate enough to continue enjoying. Anyways, as I explained, I'm going to be changing the content, so it's just going to be pretty much thought, a little another thought, and that's it. A lot shorter episodes for you guys for the foreseeable future.

Anyways, I'll get started. This one's pretty simple. As I've been traveling, I have essentially a solar panel hooked up to a deep cycle battery that charges fridge, my laptop, cell phones, everything when my car is off. It works out great, and it's the cheapest little A$100 unfoldable solar panel. It works great. It charges the battery, even when it's cloudy, it'll charge it a little bit, [00:04:00] but if you got a good enough battery, it should last you through the next day.

That got me thinking, this is a really great setup. It's super-efficient, I don't have to do anything. Why don't we use that solar technology on the entirety of a car, on the entire outside of a car? I know that this idea has probably been thought up, but as my so unfoldable solar panel just sits on the hood of my car, it looks kind of dope. If I'm going to be honest, it looks really good on the hood of my car. I was like, that'd be sweet if that entire solar panel was the entire outside of my car. Then I thought, why isn't that a thing? Obviously, expenses and keeping it clean and all sorts of issues, but something I feel like can easily be tackled.

On top of that, EVs are obviously the new thing, so a solar panel that can continuously charge an EV while capturing the wind while driving, it seems to me, I don't understand why these haven't already been rolled out. While continuous driving is being implemented, there is a project going on in Sweden right now is being implemented. If you guys hear wind in the background, sorry, I don't know if you are hearing the wind in the background. Again, recording this in my camper car, and it's a bit windy.

Anyways, Sweden is essentially rolling out a track. It's only a one-kilometer track, but it's a track that essentially has a strip that charges your car while driving it. Whether it's on the highway or parking lot or whatever it is, the road itself will charge your car. Great idea, I thought, and I was assuming to do something like that with the tires, [00:06:00] but blah, blah, blah. Good idea, they're already implementing that. This will reduce battery size, which reduces the amount of lithium and essentially, pollutant effects of large batteries.

All of this got me thinking, so this technology is about here. Why have we not done this a long time ago, or why aren't we doing it more rapidly now when we're talking about EVs? It feels like when we're on the preface, the cusp of a new entire vehicle, why are we building it in the way that an old vehicle runs? Meaning, why are we building it to where we have to plug in somewhere to charge?

That got me to my last thought. The reason is that if we charge still, we're using on the grid. As long as you can plug into something, that electricity is being powered by the grid, which is then typically run from power stations, I've explained this before, run from power stations, which use oil and gas. Good for the oil and gas companies, good for jobs.

Then I thought, that's a major issue with the government in general, is that yes, they want to implement this new renewable energy thing, but they're implementing it in a way to where they're not going to allow one single vehicle to be completely energy independent because that's bad for jobs. What is obviously one of their main focuses, keep people employed. We saw that extensively in this pandemic, is that they want to keep people employed. They're spending trillions of dollars to keep people in jobs and working.

What can they not do? [00:08:00] Create cars that don't need people to keep them going. Meaning, they don't need charging stations or people working for those charging stations, or that's jobs gone if you just build a car that comes off an assembly line and just runs on its own, doesn't need to be charged, doesn't need to be anything. It can just go via solar, wind, whatever it may be.

It's a bit rough that we have to deal with that, but it's just one of those things. Anyways, I would love your guys' thoughts on this. Obviously, we are trying to create a renewable and energy-independent world, but I think the way we go about that, especially up top from our leadership and companies of old essentially still want to cling on to the old ways so they can continue perpetuating money into the system. It's a large and complex thing, but something this random citizen thought of.

That's it, guys. Short, easy, to the point. Hopefully, you guys enjoyed this episode and look forward to future episodes that are short and sweet. I will talk to you guys next week on Thoughts of a Random Citizen. Have a good one. As always, thanks for listening to Thoughts of a Random Citizen. If you guys are interested in getting in contact with me, recording something to be played on the podcast, or just want any tips or advice, head over to, and that is the platform in which we operate. Enjoy the weekend.

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