From the Netherlands to Tarifa in a solar house on wheels: students complete a 2,000-kilometer journey with clean energy
2,000 kilometers of travel using 100% solar energy and ending the trip in Tarifa. A team of students from the Netherlands has designed a solar vehicle under the name ‘Stella Vita’, a car that obtained a license to circulate on European public roads with a Dutch registration.
The 22 students of the Eindhoven University of Technology define the vehicle as “a self-sufficient house on wheels”, in which you can live and work while traveling with the energy of the sun. In addition to having enough autonomy to travel, the sun’s energy is used to heat the water in the shower, charge items such as mobiles or laptops, and any other type of electrical product.
A 2,000-kilometer journey with solar energy
The initial project comprises a 3,000-kilometer journey from Eindhoven (Netherlands) to Tarifa, Spain. However, there were technical problems and the first thousand kilometers had to be covered in a truck, so the trip was 2,000 kilometers.
This vehicle is a hybrid between a ‘camper’ and a motorhome. It has everything you need to live in it and a range of more than 700 kilometers
This vehicle, designed for two people, has kitchen, double bed, sofa, kitchen, bathroom with shower and everything you need to live in the style of a motorhome. It has a drop-down roof that in turn allows all the solar panels to be deployed, to recharge energy while making a stop. On the fly, this mechanism folds up.
Regarding autonomy, can travel up to 730 kilometers when your 60 kWh battery is charged. On this trip, trips of about 300 kilometers were made between destination and destination. It takes two to three days to fully charge the battery and the maximum vehicle speed is 120 kilometers per hour.
The keys to this journey are in the own vehicle design and operation. At the aerodynamic level, they have focused on ensuring that air resistance is minimal, even taking into account the dimensions of the car. In addition, the weight is quite low despite how bulky it is, since it is only 1,700 kilos, common weight in a street vehicle.
“By not being constrained by market demands, we can start the design process from scratch and free ourselves from preconceptions.
This means that we, unlike the industry, can bridge the gap between technological innovation and our everyday lives. This allows us to innovate quickly in a short time. “
The infotainment elements have not been neglected either, and it is that the vehicle shows in real time how much energy the appliances are consuming that are connected and remaining autonomy with the energy that is stored.
The project adds to the list of ideas for solar mobility, such as the Aptera that “does not have to be recharged”, the small Squad or the new projects for autonomous solar cars.
Via | Electrek