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Students from Eindhoven University of Technology undertook a 1,000-kilometre (622 miles) test drive of the Stella Terra, presented as the world’s first off-road solar vehicle by its creators. Designed for rugged and challenging terrains, a two-seater vehicle, is equipped with solar roof panels and can cover a distance of 630 kilometres on a sunny day, with an off-road range of approximately 550 kilometres.
This journey aimed to highlight the potential of sustainable transportation. The students conducted an extensive testing of Stella Terra, initiating a journey in northern Morocco, covering over a thousand kilometres through diverse landscapes, ultimately concluding their expedition in the Sahara, all powered by solar energy.
Stella Terra utilizes solar power from its rooftop panels, eliminating the need for charging stations or fuel.
On October 15, the team successfully completed their solar-powered journey, and Stella Terra exceeded expectations, requiring only a few minor adjustments along the way, such as the replacement of a broken steering rod. The team asserted that their vehicle surpassed expectations, achieving a 30% reduction in energy consumption compared to initial estimates. Their specially designed converter for the solar panels proved to be more efficient at converting sunlight absorbed by the solar cells into electrical energy than anticipated.
The people involved in this project declared the innovations by the Solar Team Eindhoven have the potential to reshape the future, and anticipate that in the next five to ten years, electric vehicles will become an integral part of our overall energy grid system. With the advent of home batteries, it may even become possible to generate energy through a solar car and feed it back to your home.
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