Solarteam Eindhoven, a club of students from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands, has presented the successor of the ‘Stella’ solar car that won the Solar Challenge 2013 in Australia: the Stella Lux. In Oktober the Stella Lux will participate in the 2015 edition, 3000 km from Darwin to Adelaide. Improvements: more comfortable, more solar cells, increasing range from 750 to 1000 km (on a sunny day + fully charged batteries). A few key facts:
- Development effort: more than 20 student year
- Participation cost Solar Challenge 2015 Australia: 100,000 euro (donate here / premium)
- Less aerodynamic drag due to a ‘tunnel’ under the car
- Improved interior
- Maximum speed: 125 kmh
- Solar roof: 5.8 m2
- Electrical storage capacity: 15 kWh (City Smart: 17.6 kWh)
- Dimensions: 4,52m long, 1,75m width, 1,12m height
- Weight: 375 kg (carbon fiber)
- Obviously you never have to visit a petrol station ever again. An Australian pensioner wit modest income, who happens to owns a solar car, can spend the rest of his life driving if he wanted to. Since operational cost is near zero, expect congestion of solar cars to be a distinct possibility in the future.
The average commuting distance in countries like Holland and Germany is ca. 40 km/day. That means that almost all year round these types of cars can be utilized without extra charge from the grid. It is enough to have the car parked in an open space to get the batteries sufficiently charged for these kind of relative short trips.
Solar cars like the Stella Lux require far less maintenance than the diesel/gasoline powered standard car; electric motors can run for decades.
[solarteameindhoven.nl] – Stella Lux, The energy positive family car
[e52.nl] – Stella Lux sees the light and it’s going to surprise the world
[spiegel.de] – Solarmobil Stella Lux: Schnell, bequem, 100 Prozent öko
[ed.nl] – Opvolger van gezinsauto op zonne-energie Stella heet Stella Lux
Gepubliceerd op 2 jul. 2015 – Het was even ruzie in de tent bij de TUE studenten die bouwen aan Stella Lux. Moest de opvolger van Stella werelds snelste auto op zonne-energie worden of iets minder snel maar heel handig. Het zorgde voor verdeeldheid tussen de 22 studenten van Eindhovense Technische Universiteit die Stella Lux ontwikkelden. De oplossing die zij bedachten werd donderdag gepresenteerd.