meet stella vie: the family car that runs entirely on solar power

meet stella vie: the family car that runs entirely on solar power

dubbed ‘the most efficient family car that has ever been built,’ the friendly looking stella vie solar-powered car gives a glimpse to the future of zero-emissions transport. designed by the solar team at the university of technology eindhoven, stella vie has been made to compete in the world solar challenge, a competition for solar energy pioneers to design the ‘car of the future.’ the cute-looking ride can achieve a range of 1000 kilometers from the energy generated during one sunny day in the netherlands. since that’s a lot of ground to be covering in a daily drive, the surplus energy generated by stella vie can be supplied back to your house, or to an electric grid.

all images courtesy of TU Eindhoven/ Bart van Overbeek



solar team eindhoven have designed stella vie to strike a perfect balance between aerodynamic and aesthetic design. built to be more streamlined that its predecessor–the stella lux–the vie increases the aerodynamicity of its older sibling by nine percent, and curves the body in a nod to more traditional automotive design. the ride sits lower to the ground than conventional cars, but big doors and handles make for easy accessibility. with a clean and spacious interior, and ergonomically optimized seats, the stella vie is the first solar-powered family car to ever seat five people!



with an in-built solar navigating system, stella vie finds the most efficient route, and even shows how much energy you will save in comparison to a standard, fossil fuel-powered car. as you approach your destination, stella vie offers parking assistance. the ride uses height maps and weather data, combined with a parking probability map to guide you to the specially-chosen free parking spot within range of your destination that yields the most solar energy. the car’s intelligent navigation system also uses the latest V2X technology to warn the driver about the upcoming traffic situation, allowing for a safer and more efficient journey.



to conserve energy even further, stella vie gently nudges its user to drive as efficiently as possible by giving subtle feedback through a built-in lighting system which warns the driver by turning red should they brake too fast, or accelerate too fiercely. the solar-mobile comes with a smart charging and discharging system, which keeps track of both energy prices and its drivers agenda, in order to find the perfect time to charge or discharge the car.

  • Hate to be negative, but this sounds almost too good to be true. Concerns: the height of the vehicle is not even up to a man’s waistline, I find it challenging that four will comfortably. Tires – these look like bicycle tires, hard to imagine they will stand up to 1 hour per day of commuting. Solar power – one day of sunshine gives the owner 600 miles of driving range? Very, very hard to believe.

    I hope I am wrong!

    Gee Deezy says:
  • Gee Deezy you are thankfully wrong. Stella, Stella Lux and the new Vie do not break the laws of physics. Simply do the math. they have a very light body. Made out of carbon fiber and aluminium. Built like a formula 1 racer they are very safe. If you notice the car is low but actually comes up to a mans chest. The man in the center of the picture is standing on something. Back to math. Stella Lux had a 15 kw battery which could go 400 miles at night with no solar. It has a 1.5kw solar array. It will charge the car in 10 hours of sunlight. The car will do 45mph on just sunlight. Stella Lux holds a record of 932 miles on one charge and the solar power it can collect while driving. So you see it is not a fantasy. It is not a scam. It actually works.

    Lawrence W Rhodes says:
  • Is there plans to mass market this vehicle, perhaps scaled down in overall length, and made to be more like what is considered a normal car? If so, what would the cost be? I like the concept but think it is a bit too radical for most people as is. Thanks!

    Jim C. says:

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