Solar powered electric car Stella Vie won the World Solar Challenge
You could be looking at the future of motoring.
This solar-powered electric car which is dubbed ‘Stella Vie’ is a five seater EV which uses the power of the sun while also supplying energy back to the grid.
The Dutch vehicle debuted at the World Solar Challenge on Sunday, where it was being hailed as ‘the future.’
Beginning in Darwin, Australia, the bi-annual contest, which has been running since 1987, saw 41 vehicles embark on the 3,000 trip to Adelaide.
Innovative car designs enter into the competition displaying the power of solar.
Teams were allowed to store a small mount of energy onboard but the majority of power had to come from the sun or from the vehicle’s kinetic energy.
Another Dutch-born vehicle the ‘Nuna 9’ won the race for a third consecutive year on Thursday.
The sleek solar-car travelled an average of 55.5mph over the 1,860 miles and competed in the Challenger class, which was far single-sear aerodynamic vehicles.
Stella Vie was entered into the Cruiser class which focused on a combination of the high-end technology and practicality.
This is the future of solar electric vehicles
The Dutch team Eindhoven, who created Stella Vie were crowned overall champions in their race, despite not winning it.
Organisers said that the reason Eindhoven won was based on a system taking into account design, practicality, energy efficiency, and innovation.
Stella Vie travelled at an average speed of 42mph over the course of the race and carried five people the whole way.
The car can carry five passengers and has 1,000km max range
Just six of the 12 entrants in the Cruiser class actually crossed the finish line.
As well as the Dutch entrants, there were teams for Hong Kong, Australia, Germany, Taiwan and the United States.
Event director Chris Selwood said: “These incredible solar cars have been designed with the commercial market in mind and have all the features you´d expect in a family, luxury or sporting car.
“Team Eindhoven are to be congratulated on their achievement to date — clearly the most energy efficient solar car in the field, capable of generating more power than they consume.
One of team Eindhoven’s members with Stella Vie
“This is the future of solar electric vehicles.
“When your car is parked at home it can be charging and supplying energy back to the grid.”
Team Eindhoven said they wanted to strike a balance between an aerodynamic and aesthetic pleasing car that could be used everyday while creating Stella Vie.
“We think we succeeded very well with a car that is more efficient than its predecessors and includes some state-of-the-art technologies to not only generate energy but also supply it back to the grid.”
“Through a smart charging and discharging system she charges the battery when the demand of energy from the grid is high and vice versa. Any surplus energy generated can easily be supplied back to the grid.”
The team also boasts that on a sunny day the solar car can travel up to 1,000km on a single charge (621 miles).
Other cool features of the Stella include the fact that it can communicate with other cars – for example it can relayed traffic information to a Tesla Model S.
In addition to this it can let drivers know when a traffic light is going to change colour.