Solar-powered family car from Eindhoven University of Technology covers 544 miles in Australia on a single charge
Students from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) covered a distance of 875 km (544 miles) last week without recharging in the solar‑powered family car which they have developed themselves. (Earlier post.) The students are in Australia preparing for the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, to be held from 6 to 13 October.
The distance of 875 km, covered under a partly cloud-filled sky, exceeds the team’s expectations, which were based on a maximum of 800 km (497 miles) in clear conditions.
Solar Team Eindhoven came up with the idea of a solar-powered family car around one-and-a-half years ago. The car draws most of its energy from the 6 m2 roof-mounted solar panels, but it also has batteries for longer distances and short bursts of acceleration. The car is taking part in next month’s 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia.
The car’s most striking feature is that it’s energy-positive—in normal everyday use it generates more power than it consumes. So that surplus energy could be delivered to the electricity grid.
2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. University teams from all over the world will be competing in a 3,000 km (1,62- mile) race through the Australian outback. Solar Team Eindhoven is taking part in the Cruiser class in which the emphasis lies on practical and user-friendly solar cars rather than on speed.