Ricer Wings Save the Planet

Here’s an idea who’s time has come. Designed by Leon Zhu, from China, it’s a folding solar panel that stores in your car’s fashionably massive rear-wing! When you’re parked, it unfolds to provide both shade and a jolt. When you’re on the move, it stores in the slamin’ big spoiler.

Think of the benefits of a solar panel on your car- making time with Prius-driving eco-chicks; the ability to leave the radio on for the dog/baby you’ve left in the 110° car; and the satisfaction of knowing that you’re doing something for the environment, and getting a hefty tax rebate. And we know that’s what it’s all about.

The only thing that could make it better would be if it snapped shut like a window blind- flapflapflapflap.

Source: Designboom

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15 responses to “Ricer Wings Save the Planet”

  1. joshuman Avatar

    This is a really terrible idea. What is much better is creating an elevated canopy of solar panels over the parking lot. The panels provide shade for the cars and reduce the heat effect of the pavement. They produce much more power because they are oriented correctly toward the sun. Their power goes to the building serving the people who drive to it. This is already happening in many places and people without gigantic wings can park there too.

  2. Alff Avatar

    "Leon Zhu" is Cantonese for Pep Boys.

    1. FЯeeMan Avatar

      And with that, you earn yourself a nomination for COT…. oh nevermind.
      Well played, good chap!

  3. blueplate Avatar

    Maybe this could be combined with a motor-operated, multi-panel sunroof like the late Pontiac G6. Thus making for the world's most expensive service-replacement part!
    I'd rather have the Mercury Alloy** liquid metal window treatments.
    ** That's Mercury as in Hg, not as in Marquis.

  4. blueplate Avatar

    Also, I suppose that if you repurposed a rearview camera into the front grille, you could drive with this thing in the (ahem) extended and deployed position.

  5. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

    LionZoo… watch your back.

  6. skitter Avatar

    Best put a fan on the back of the car as well to cover the extra power needed to pull that wing through the air.

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  8. Jutta Guttman Avatar

    Really like the blog. I’ve been creating solar panels for small businesses for ages now and doing pretty well… Lucky I found this place.

  9. Coy Lemone Avatar

    I took my Ford Focus ’99 to a Pep Boys shop here in Littleton, CO because it was making this rattling noise whenever I drive through uneven pavement. That noise has been bothering me for a few months now and so far nobody could figure out where it came from. I’m glad the guys over at the Pep Boys garage correctly diagnosed and fixed the problem, and they did it within two hours! (Apparently something called a flex plate has come loose somewhere). The final price was also below the original estimate, so that was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend Pep Boys!