Solar Team Eindhoven, a team of 22 students from The Netherlands, has unveiled Stella, the world’s first solar-powered family car. The group has revealed to the world that a car running on solar energy could be a real possibility today.
Stella is a four passenger car, which also features technologies that would make it light weight and more efficient, compared with today’s cars.
Stella has a range of 373 miles using light weight materials like carbon and aluminum. The solar panels in the car generate more energy than required. The excess energy thus generated is send to the power grid. Thus Stella also becomes the world’s first “energy-positive car.”
Solar Team Eindhoven will participate in the World Solar Challenge, where it would travel across 1875 miles of the Australian outback. The car will also compete in the brand-new Cruiser category of the WSC.
That means the car will be judged on basis of the number of people transported, amount of electricity taken from the grid and its user friendliness apart from its speed. The race takes place between October 6 and 13.