world's first electricity producing solar powered family car
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jul 05, 2013
world's first electricity producing solar powered family car


world’s first electricity producing solar-powered family car
all images © bart van overbeeke

 

 

presented by the solar team eindhoven (STE) of TU/e as the world’s first solar-powered family car, ‘stella’, the ‘energy positive’ vehicle provides accommodation for four people, fully accessible trunk space, an intuitive steering system, and has a range of 600 kilometers. equipped with photo-voltaic panels, the roof-mounted solar cells can generate more electricity on average than it consumes, meaning that with the surplus of electricity it produces, the excess can be returned to the power grid. by combining aerodynamic design with lightweight materials like carbon and aluminum, the concept boasts a stream-lined silhouette for an extremely fuel-efficient ride. in addition, the ‘stella’ features LED strip applications and touchscreen display that transforms all existing superfluous buttons and knobs for an interactive cockpit experience. intuitive driving is enabled with an expanding and contracting steering wheel that warns the user if they are driving too fast or too slow.

 

the ‘stella’ will participate in the cruiser class for the world solar challenge 2013, a 3,000 km long race across the australian outback from october 6 – 13 2013, that will place emphasis on the practical and user-friendly application to solar cars rather than on speed.

 

 

first ride with ‘stella’ – the world’s first solar powered family car
video courtesy hans huis in t veld

 

 

the ‘energy positive’ vehicle provides room for four people, fully accessible trunk space, and has a range of 600 km

 

 

equipped with photo-voltaic panels, the roof-mounted solar cells can generate more electricity on average than it consumes

 

 

in regards to the surplus of electricity it produces, the excess generation can be returned to the power grid

 

 

the concept boasts a stream-lined silhouette for an extremely fuel-efficient ride

 

 

‘stella’ combines aerodynamic design with lightweight materials like carbon and aluminum

 

 

LED strip applications and touchscreen display transforms all existing superfluous buttons and knobs for an interactive cockpit

 

 

the solar team eindhoven (STE) of TU/e

 

 

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