The Solar Team Eindhoven, a team of 21 students from Eindhoven University of Technology, just revelaed Stella Lux: a solar-powered family car that generates more energy than it uses.
Stella Lux is in fact an upgrade of the team's previous model, simply known as Stella, which was introduced two years ago and won the Cruiser Class of the World Solar Challenge that year. Just by looking at Stella Lux you can see it's more than just a family car, unlike any other on the current market. It seats up to four passengers and on full charge, it can drive around 1000 kilometers, however this figure comes from the test that was made in Dutch climate and landscape.
The car, designed to be both lightweight (it weighs only 375 kilograms) and aerodynamic, was created using materials including carbon fiber and aluminum. Incredbile aerodynamics was achieved by placing a tunnel right in the center of the vehicle and an extended roof on either side. Stella Lux generates electricity using 5.8 square meters of solar cells and an additional battery capacity of 15 kWh.
The efficiency, intelligence and comfort of Stella Lux is further optimized by using a specially designed The Solar Navigator system that monitors weather conditions and calculates the optimal route accordingly. The car can be paired with a smaprtphone via special app for convenience and better synchronization. It can communicate with other vehicles and can, for example, automatically reduce volume on your radio if the system detects there's an ambulance approaching.
The team behind Stella Lux will take part in the Cruiser Class of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia later this year. The challenge begins on October 18 and involves a 3,000-kilometers-long race from Darwin to Adelaide, with the Cruiser Class focusing on comfort, practicality and "realizability".
There's a crowdfunding campaign underway to support the team. Click here to contribute: www.solarteameindhoven.nl.