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Couple Transforms Old VW Bus Into Solar-Powered Vehicle

By Brian Spaen

Solar power is the perfect complement to energizing electric vehicles. Companies like Tesla and Mercedes-Benz are attempting to tap into both sustainable markets with the addition of solar panels. One man decided to take both panels and vehicles to create an entire bus that runs off of solar energy.

Brett Belan first dove into the world of solar-powered vehicles by creating a golf cart and postal van that had solar panels attached to them. He had a passion for clean power and energy throughout his life, and he’s always been hands on with outdoor activities and craftsmanship. His wife, Kira, joined him in his quest to go off-grid.

Stepping up his game, Brett was able to find an old Volkswagen Bus to convert. One of the reasons he chose this style was due to the roof size. That gives him the ability to install four solar panels on top of the bus, and he added a mechanism for the entire wall of panels to be tilted up to a 40-degree angle. With this ability to move the vehicle, he can face the panels in any direction to get maximum energy from the sun.