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Solar-powered family car can do 370 miles on a sunny day

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Therefore on a sunny day and with its batteries fully charged, the 22-strong team of student engineers estimate the solar-powered car can travel up to 372 miles with four occupants on board.Even on a cloudy day it’ll still cover 250 miles on a full charge – and even without direct sunlight, the solar cells will still ‘capture’ light to recharge the battery pack, albeit at a slightly reduced rate.

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Solar-powered family car can do 370 miles on a sunny day The Stella zero emissions eco-friendly family car can do 370 miles on a sunny dayThe Stella zero emissions eco-friendly family car can do 370 miles on a sunny daySean Carson2013-08-19T07:30:002013-08-19T07:30:00 trueSolar-powered family car can do 370 miles on a sunny dayThe Stella zero emissions eco-friendly family car can do 370 miles on a sunny dayStella zero emissionseco-friendly family carsolar-powered family carzero emissions careco-friendly carsolar-powered carWhat is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car?This solar-powered family car – aptly named ‘Stella’ by the student team behind the project at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland – is truly revolutionary.Apart from proving engineers do have a sense of humour with the name, this all carbonfibre creation can travel over 370 miles on a sunny day and actually contribute energy back to the grid, making this the world’s first ever ‘energy-positive’ car. 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- 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the ‘Stella’ solar-powered family car? - 1(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use?The solar-powered family car uses an electric motor for its drive, drawing power from an on-board battery pack – although the Eindhoven University of Technology has not revealed how powerful or fast the car is.However, unlike modern electric vehicles, the batteries aren’t recharged by plugging the car into the grid – instead, Stella uses solar cells to turn sunlight into electricity and charge the batteries.topWhat engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What engine does Stella the solar-powered family car use? - 2(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries?The development team behind the project estimates that your car is stood still for 90% of the time – either in front of your house or at the office – so charging its batteries when stationary means Stella can generate more energy than it actually uses over its lifespan.This means the roof-mounted photovoltaic cells make it an ‘energy positive’ car – a world first for any four-wheeled vehicle, never mind one that can carry your family from London to Edinburgh. Almost.topDoes this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Does this mean the solar-powered car is always charging its batteries? - 3(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from?Just like many modern hypercars, the solar-powered car is made from strong, lightweight materials like carbonfibre and aluminium to reduce mass and improve efficiency.As a result, it weighs just 380kg, whereas an average current electric family car (no pun intended…), such as the Nissan Leaf, tips the scales at 1,567kg. This means Stella is under one quarter of the Leaf’s weight.topWhat is the solar-powered car made from? - 4What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What is the solar-powered car made from? - 4(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge?Therefore on a sunny day and with its batteries fully charged, the 22-strong team of student engineers estimate the solar-powered car can travel up to 372 miles with four occupants on board.Even on a cloudy day it’ll still cover 250 miles on a full charge – and even without direct sunlight, the solar cells will still ‘capture’ light to recharge the battery pack, albeit at a slightly reduced rate.topHow far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How far can the solar-powered car travel on one charge? - 5(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like?Combined with the zero emissions drivetrain, the car’s aerodynamics have been maximised to eke the greatest range most from every last drop of naturally harnessed electricity.The roof and sides of the windscreen are curved to reduce drag and improve airflow, while the wheels are covered – again to reduce energy-sapping turbulence – and the rear of the car is tapered to a point. This means the air travelling over the body leaves it as smoothly as possible, further reducing drag.topWhat does the solar-powered car look like? - 6What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What does the solar-powered car look like? - 6(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for?Solar Team Eindhoven built Stella to compete in the Cruiser Class category at the World Solar Challenge – a biennial solar-powered car race held over a 1,877-mile course across the Australian outback from Darwin to Adelaide.It’s a gruelling event that tests cars to the limit, exposing any fragility and widening any fissures of weakness. Racing across the scorching hot arid areas of central Australia, sunshine and therefore energy is one thing the team is certainly not going to be short of.topWhat has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)What has Stella the solar-powered car been designed for? - 7(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located?Placing the solar cells on the vehicle’s roof was the obvious move. This is the panel that has the biggest surface area, and also happens to be continually facing the sun. It’s the perfect place to locate them.topWhere are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Where are the solar-powered car’s solar cells located and how much do they cost? - 8(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work?The method of converting light to electricity inside a solar cell is very clever indeed. Light ‘particles’ called photons hit the silicon material in the cell and knock electrons – the minuscule particles that create an electric current – from their normal place inside the silicon material.This causes the electrons to move, which is basically what current is: a flow of these particles round a circuit. This electricity can then be redirected and sent to a battery to be ‘stored’ for use later on. The exact same principle occurs in the solar-powered car.topHow does a solar cell work? - 9How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)How does a solar cell work? - 9(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost?Stella is purely a prototype vehicle designed to compete in the 2013 World Solar Challenge held between 6 and 13 October later this year. That means the technology won’t be making its way on to the conventional family car anytime soon.But, lessons learnt through the development process could potentially be translated to conventional hybrid cars of the future. Roof space on modern vehicles is often redundant, so why not use similar solar cells to Stella and gain some of that ‘free’ energy…topWill the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)Will the solar-powered car ever go on sale and, if so, how much will it cost? - 10(©TU e | Bart Van Overbeeke)

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