Stanford Solar Car Projects – since 1989 Sanford University’s solar car project has been building and fielding astoundingly futuristic solar-powered cars for Australia’s biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. In 2011, the team entered the 2999 km challenge with this highly futuristic creation – the Zenith.
It was the first vehicle to use glass encapsulated solar cells for maximum optical clarity and better solar cell efficiency. Unfortunately, untested last-minute design changes led the car not finishing the race. The team bounced back in 2013 with the creation of the Luminous. The Luminous is a masterpiece of aerodynamic curvature. Its swooping aerodynamic design and glass encapsulated mono crystalline silicon solar cells helped propel this insane car to fourth place overall in 2013’s World Solar Challenge.
2017 could be the year Stanford solar car projects dominated in the desert.
Sunswift Eve – It’s said to be the fastest solar-powered car over a distance of 500 km. It’s was created by students at Australia’s University of New South Wales. It captures solar energy through numerous encapsulated high-efficiency monocrystalline cells that were incorporated into its body. Sunswift has succeeded in making the Eve the first road-legal solar sports car in Australia. It was completed in 2012, just in time to take a third place in the Cruiser Class of the 2013 World Solar Challenge. In 2014, on a single battery charge the Eve’s average was 106.97km on a track.
Sion – When you think of German engineering, solar cars don’t really come to mind. Sion is an eco-friendly electric hybrid from Sono Motors. Its roof and bonnet’s insides are covered in mono-crystalline silicon solar cells. For 8 hours, these cells gather enough energy to drive for 30 km. Eco-friendly and cost saving, it can charge up to 80% in 30 min from an electrical outlet. Because it’s available in both urban and extended version, the Scion can be the solution to your transportation needs.
Stella – the most intelligent solar car so far. Stella contains Solar Navigator, an innovative energy management system. By collecting the current weather data this system gives suggestions for the optimal route. Furthermore, this solar car is synchronized with a smartphone, which means it is always up to date about your appointments during the day. Layr has been developed by combining the flexible screen layout of a tablet and haptic buttons. Applications are maximized or minimized by scrolling the tangible bar over the screen.
Layr increases safety because three gaps in the bar direction your fingers to the right spot, so you won’t have to look at the touchscreen to operate it. This brilliant solar car communicates with other cars on the road. For instance, the music volume automatically turns down if an ambulance is approaching.
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