Friday, April 24, 2009

A Solar-Powered Bloodmobile

Redlands, Calif.-based American Custom Coach will offer the nation's first-ever solar-powered bloodmobile. The Contra Costa Times reports that the $243,000 vehicle will be used by the Community Blood Bank of Palm Springs, Calif. The solar panels are designed to generate up to 50% of the vehicle's electricity, and the bloodmobile's wireless computer system, appliances, refrigerators and lights will be connected to the solar array. Charlie Mello, CEO of American Custom Coach, points out that the solar-powered air conditioning will come in handy during the summer, when the bloodmobile will be parked outside on days when the temperature can reach 120 degrees."You're still generating 110 volts for the system, but the solar panels take half of that," says Mello.

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