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Solar Powered RC Cars

The majority of remote controlled (or RC) toy cars are used as a simple pass time by many people and children, but there is an entire industry emerging that specializes in RC cars development and accessories. RC cars can be powered by:
• batteries (or a battery),
• a miniature sized motor running on nitrous (mostly used for racing and competition)
• solar energy.

Like in the full sized automobile industry, RC cars are also attempting to be less damaging to the environment and shift over to using renewable energy sources. Seeing how solar energy is still in a very young development stage, it is mostly universities and research laboratories worldwide that are the pioneering the production of solar powered RC cars. However, alongside enthusiastic individuals, there are also several companies that have made it their mission to be the first to produce a fully sustainable solar powered RC car.

Companies attempting to change the game

One of the major companies dealing in the development of solar powered RC cars is Tamiya, a Japanese based company created over 60 years ago (in 1948, to be exact). Tamiya, Inc. is a leading world company in the field of high performance radio controlled vehicles as well as precision static models. The company products are exported worldwide and its standard of excellence is viewed as second to none. When considering solar powered RC toy cars, the company has several models in its offer:

The Honda Dream solar car (costing at $31 ) – with its 0.5 volts putting out enough energy to last 300 mAh, this solar powered RC car finished third in the Australian World Solar Challenge in 1993.


Available for purchase: online (www.tamiyausa.com)

The Toyota RaRa X solar car (costing at $31-retail price!) – powered by a small solar battery and solar engine, this RC car was the first to introduce a four wheel design in a competition that predominantly hosted three wheeled RC models. Its debut was in Noto, Japan, during the Solar Car Rally held in 1992.

Available for purchase: online (www.tamiyausa.com)

The Kyocera Blue Eagle solar car (costing at $31) – with its 0.5 volts of solar power, this miniature model is a tribute to the famous “Kyocera: Blue

Eagle” originally developed by Kitami Kogyo University and the Kyocera company.
Available for purchase: online (www.tamiyausa.com)

The Kyocera SEV-5 solar car (costing at $35) – with its 0.5 volts of solar power, 40mm full width and 115mm full length, the Kyocera SEV-5 is a compact palm sized solar car that is powered by sunlight. The main features of this car include its solar motor, solar battery powered by the rays of the sun and fast assembly design. The Kyocera SEV-5 is a vivid reproduction of the full sized car that won the bronze medal in the 1993 World Solar Challenge in Australia.

Available for purchase: online (www.tamiyausa.com)

The Clear Blue Body solar car assembly kit (costing at $48) – was originally released in 1991 as item 76001. The clear blue molding of this solar car adds to its appeal, in addition to using electricity derived from the solar energy collected through its solar panel.

Available for purchase: online (www.tamiyausa.com)

The Order 76012 solar car assembly kit (costing at $61-retail price!) – is a true treasure for those eager to experiment with the intensity and angle of solar light as well as various gear ratios.


Available for purchase: online (www.tamiyausa.com)