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Solar Forest Keeps Cars Cool And Juiced

Solar Forest Keeps Cars Cool And Juiced
Photo by Designer Neville Mars has designed a charging station that keeps your car both cool and charged. Called the Solar Forest, the panels actually follow the sun throughout the day for maximum efficiency. And that canopy provides some much needed shade for the cars below, hopefully while keeping the overlap to a minimum.The tree trunks are like a giant power strips for electric vehicles. Cars can just plug in and cool off. Photo by

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