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Is this the future of motoring?
posted on Sep 29 2014 by Gabe Grover
The Dutch are known for many things, from weird wooden shoes, windmills, to bicycles, Holland has a lot to offer, and recently, a team of 21 university students from the Eindhoven University of Technology,( in Eindhoven, southern Holland) have created a solar panelled car. Named Stella, ‘Solar Team Eindhoven’ took their prodigy product on a road trip across western America.
‘Stella’ is powered by an array of 1.5-Kilowatt solar panels situated on the roof that supply power to the cars Lithium ION battery. The most shocking part is that Stella can travel up to 500 miles on a single charge. In fact, during their USA testing, Solar Team managed to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco (approximately 362 miles) on a single charge.
‘Stella’ could be described as compact, measuring just 4 feet high, and 15 feet long, with a top speed of 80mph, a feather light body constructed mostly of carbon fibre that weighs only 390kg and its streamline design truly shows Solar Team’s attention to detail when it comes to economy.
Stella isn’t just an electric motor with wheels and seats either; it offers an array of features provided by the tablet on the dashboard. One of these features, is Stella’s tablets ability to predict the length of traffic lights. As seen in the picture below, the tablet can predict for example, when the light will turn yellow, or red, or green. Another tablet feature revealed by Solar Team, is its ability to communicate with other vehicles, for example, if in a traffic jam, Stella could relay that information to a nearby Tesla Model S.
Amongst its futuristic smart technologies is its steering wheel; which will expand if driven to fast, and contract if driven too slowly. Of course, Stella is still a concept car so it is undetermined whether these features will be included in the commercialised vehicle. But Solar Team manager, Lex Hoefsloot believes that ‘it is possible to make these cars and have them in a showroom in five to 10 years, but it is a big dream and something we have to really work on,'
So it looks like for now, all we can do is dream, but these super economic cars are on a come up, and Solar Team seem to be on the frontline.