Called Stella Lux, the new vehicle can seat four and has a range of up to amazing 621 miles (1,000 kilometers) on a fully-charged battery pack. Additionally, the brand-new vehicle has a top speed of 78mph(125km/h) and 381 individual solar cells(15kW each).
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A team of scientists from the Eindhoven University of Technology managed to make unbelievable believable – they’ve build a solar-powered vehicle that produces more energy that it uses.
What? How is it even possible?
To understand this we have to delve into the history: from as far back as 2013, a group of students (they weren’t well-qualified researchers at that time) has built a solar-powered car for the World Solar Challenge race held in Australia.
The project was named Stella and vehicle looked quite bulky – it resembled me Fred Flintstone’s car.
Anyway, even 2013 model had “ace in the hole” – awesome specs.
And as far as I am concerned, it helped them to achieve the breakthrough in 2015 model.
About 2015 model
All-new Perpetuum Mobile named Stella Lux can seat four and has a range of up to 612 miles (1,000 kilometers) on a fully-charged battery pack.
The car gets its power from 381 individual solar cells, which feed a 15-kilowatt-hour battery pack.
Stella Lux can reach a top speed of 77.6 mph (125 kph) and discharge excess energy back into the grid--effectively making it a rolling source of renewable energy.
Next World Solar Challenge favorite
Solar Team Eindhoven will once again compete in the "Cruiser" class at the World Solar Challenge.
The class was created to encourage teams to build cars that more closely resemble the ones regular people actually drive.
In marked contrast to the tiny single-seat cars typically seen in solar-racing events, Cruiser-class entries must have seats for four--and even a trunk.
This car is still quite far from a conventional family sedan, of course, but it should at least make for a more comfortable ride across Australia.
The World Solar Challenge covers 1,864 miles (3,000 kilometers) between Darwin and Adelaide.
Solar Team Eindhoven won its class there in 2013 with the original Stella, but hopes to go faster with the second-generation model.
The 2015 World Solar Challenge kicks off in Australia October 18.
Following that, Solar Team Eindhoven plans to tour with the car in The Netherlands and China, and possibly the U.S. as well.
Well, let’s hope it will be this way.