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A New Breed Of Solar Family Car Comes Out Of The World Solar Challenge

This is a guest post by Caroline Way, a creative consultant based in the UK.

Here at TechDrive we are Looking forward to next year’s innovations In the family solar car category in the bi- annual Australia race.

Hitting speeds of around 75 mph a solar-powered car with four passengers raced across the Australian desert in last year’s World Solar Challenge. 

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With a name like “Stella” this car was made to go stratospheric! Eindhoven University of Technology lead the cruiser class of the biennial solar car endurance race. The cruisers are a new class of car designed to carry several people rather than the one -person boy racer vehicles that have typically competed in the race.

After three days of racing,”Stella ” lead three other competitors in this newly created class.

The University of New South Wales was solar car 17 minutes behind, the Hochschule Bochum Solar Car Team was a further 12 minutes back.
The University of Minnesota’s Solar Vehicle Project was in fourth place about four hours behind the leader.
Kaiton II, the product of three years work by students at Japan’s Goko High School lost its rear wheels near Alice Springs and needed major repairs.

Other one man entries include:

  • Japan’s Tokai University.
  • World Solar Challenge
  • Solar Team Twente from The Netherlands,
  • Stanford University’s Solar Car Project
  • Turkey’s Istanbul Technical University
  • Noun Solar Car Team from Delft University Netherlands won

We look forward to covering their entries in TechDrive next year