How do you check to see if the solar panel is working? The crippled command center tells nothing for me. I may have missed it in the owners manual. Please enlighten me if you have the answer. Thanks!
There is a three-part method for this:Karma 2012 said:How do you check to see if the solar panel is working?
I thought the solar panels only run exhaust fans while the car was parked, not the compressor or other parts of the AC system.Dutch said:The AC (and heating) probably use 2 to 3 kW. The solar panel delivers only 0,12 kW max. So it will not be able to cool the car without help from the battery. For me the solar panel is just symbolic, stressing what this car is all about. We will probably not be seeing it on any future Fisker cars, because it is too expensive (it comes from a German Quantum-subsidiary and will probably be dropped along with Quantum).
If that's the case, it should be possible to tell if the fans are running when you park your car in the direct sun and then turn off the power. That should tell you if the PV cells are actually generating power.kabalah70 said:Fab, that is my understanding too.
Probably sun lamps inside the car powered by the solar cells on the roof. Something along these lines:SoCalGuy said:Fisker said in the Jay Leno interview that future cars would have a sunroof (unclear whether the solar cells would still be there -eg translucent cells)
The Karma Owners manual discusses the solar display in the command center and is available online here:Dutch said:The AC (and heating) probably use 2 to 3 kW. The solar panel delivers only 0,12 kW max.