Solar Electric Volkswagen Bus

Brett Belen is no stranger to solar electric vehicles, as he’s been building them for years, but his latest project, the “Solar Electric Volkswagen Camper Van” has become a personal expedition vehicle of sorts. Featuring a roof-lined with 4,305 Watt LG panels, with 1,220 watt array pivots in the front of the van, while actuators tilt the array up to a maximum of about 40°, adjustable for maximizing output. Spinning the vehicle 180° enables Belen to position the array to catch the morning sun – at full tilt it has 40°, allowing it face the sun directly for far over 6-hours. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

Solar Electric Volkswagen Bus
Solar Electric Volkswagen Bus
Solar Electric Volkswagen Bus

“The ‘Solar Electric Volkswagen Camper Van’ features twelve Trojan ‘T-1275′ lead-acid batteries provide 150 AH at a 20-hour rate. series connections boost it to a 144 volt nominal voltage. there is a 12 meter display on the dash (one to monitor each battery). The batteries are sat beneath his kids’ seat so monitoring the state of each battery is an important safety feature,” reports Design Boom.