Imagine how wonderful it would be if your car could continue running without you spending money on fuel.
Much like solar-powered homes, solar cars harness energy from the sun converting it into energy for fuelling the car’s motor, but instead of using a battery, some solar cars direct the power straight to an electric motor.
We just found out that a team of students from the solar team at Eindhoven University TU/e were working on that matter and have recently unveiled a vehicle called “Stella”, which is said to be the world’s first solar-powered family car.
The team of 22 students has shown the world that a family car can also turn on solar energy, a dream for many people that is now a reality.
“Stella” combines a streamlined silhouette, a fully accessible trunk space and an intuitive steering system. It can accommodate four people at the time and is not only powered by the sun, but also features new technologies that make it much lighter and efficient than the average can today.
“Stella” is a solar vehicle equipped with photovoltaic panels mounted on its aerodynamic roof and generates more electricity on average than it consumes, it is an ‘energy positive’ car. This means that the surplus of electricity it produces can go back to the power grid or sold back to energy companies.
The innovative car’s design combines aerodynamic and plenty of curves with lightweight materials like carbon and aluminum, making it even more fuel-efficient.
This Dutch energy-efficient vehicle also features LED strip applications and a touch screen display that transforms all existing superfluous buttons and knobs into an engaging, interactive and super modern experience. Modern, safe and user-friendly, its intelligent design also warranties that if the driver is going too fast, or too slow, will show up on the screen.
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