(VIDEO) Stella, the first 4-seater solar car to tackle the Solar Challenge
Eindhoven’s University unveiled a car with which it will participate in the next Solar Challenge in Australia this October. The Stella is a car with a roof covered with solar panels, capable of carrying four people on more than 750 km.
The solar car is designed to minimize its weight with carbon and aluminum. It has a touch panel and a responsive steering wheel that expands or contracts depending on the speed.
The solar panels on the roof of the car will generate more than half of the energy it consumes in order to recharge the batteries.
According to Stella’s designers, the Solar Team Eindhoven, it is the first energy positive vehicle that can welcome four people. It will compete in the Cruiser class.
On the Eindhoven’s Solar Team website, we learn that during the 3000km race, there are only three stations and the car’s battery is relatively small, the team must be able to complete the race in four stages of about 750 km each.
Once the race begins in Darwin in the north of the island, the four crew members will be allowed to drive until 17:00. After that, they must set up a camp on the side of the road and be ready to leave at 8:00 am the next day. But no charging or exterior help during the night, the teams will be completely autonomous.
The 2013 Solar Challenge will take place from 6 to 13 October.