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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Solar-powered family car

It certainly will be the most unique car to drive. Researchers from the Netherlands have launched 'Stella Lux,' solar-powered four-passenger car that is intended as a family vehicle. 

This unique car can travel as far as 621 miles on a full charge, has a top speed 125 km/h (78 mph), and even comes with the application to automatically work out the most efficient route. Carbon fiber and aluminum are used to keep the weight of Stella Lux down to just 375 kg (827 lbs).
Stella Lux has a reported range of over 1,000 km (621 mi) in the Dutch climate or 1,100 km (684 mi) in the Australian climate. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1HaexhH)
Several Dutch students have developed a new family car that is not only powered by the sun, but produce more energy, and will compete in the World Solar Challenge in Australia later this year.
Stella Lux has a tunnel running through its center, and sports an extended roof on either side to improve its aerodynamics. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1HaexhH)
Stella Lux developed by Solar Team Eindhoven (STE), which consists of 21 students from different faculties of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). This team was won the Cruiser Class title in 2013 with their first car named 'Stella' (jump to article).
Stella Lux has been developed by a group of 21 students from different faculties of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1HaexhH)
"By deciding to further improve the car's four-passenger solar-powered, we are once again aiming for the win while at the same time prove that the positive energy of this family car offers a scenario of the future, '' said Tom Selten, team manager of Solar Team Eindhoven, as reported Gizmag on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.
This year the student team is once again taking part in the biennial event the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia, which is a distance of 3,000 km from Darwin to Adelaide. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | GIZMAG]
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