Solar Team Eindhoven reveals ‘energy-positive’ family car

The TU/e Solar Team Eindhoven student team presented its new solar-powered car in the MetaForum market hall yesterday afternoon. Stella Lux is an intelligent, solar-powered family car that generates more power than it uses.

The car has a range of at least 1,000 km in the Netherlands, with enough space for four people, and is fitted with a specially designed navigation system.

Solar Team Eindhoven has set itself the goal of developing the car of the future. By combining the aerodynamic design with lightweight materials like carbon and aluminium, the Eindhoven student team has once again come up with a very energy-efficient design.

The team will take part with the car in the biennial Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia on 18 October 2015. The race for solar-powered cars covers a distance of 3,000 km, and goes right through the heart of the outback from Darwin to Adelaide.

The Eindhoven team competes in the Cruiser Class for family cars. Here the emphasis is on building a practical, user-friendly solar-powered car, rather than on pure speed. The team won the Cruiser Class title in 2013 with its first car, Stella.

Photo: Bart van Overbeeke

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