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Solar Powered Bethany Race Car

Posted By Jorge Chapa On April 7, 2009 @ 10:05 am In Environment,Green Transportation,Innovation,Solar Power | 1 Comment

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The World Solar Challenge [2] across the Australian outback is coming up, and we’re already seeing some truly incredible vehicles going for the gold. Take the Bethany [3], a solar powered vehicle designed by Cambridge University students [4]. The vehicles is capable of achieving close to 60 miles per hour. Doesn’t sound to impressive? Try doing it by using the power required to run a hairdryer.

Cambridge University Eco Racing team [4] is quite proud of its prototype, and it is easy to see why. The Bethany’s [4] power source is collected via 6m2 worth of solar cells which cover the top of the vehicle. Thanks to careful design, the car weighs a measly 170 kg, come equipped with a battery management control system, an energy generating braking system and an energy-efficient hub motor.

Cambridge University Eco Racing team [4] hopes is to win the World Solar Challenge [2], but the competition is fierce. The team believes, however, that they have the best possible design, and are determined to give it their best shot. More importantly, the Bethany is a model of future-forward technology which they hope will pave the way for future green vehicles.

+ Cambridge University Eco Racing Team [4]

+ Solar car aims to put rivals in the shade [3]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=23431

[2] World Solar Challenge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Solar_Challenge

[3] Bethany: http://www.physorg.com/news158248893.html

[4] Cambridge University students: http://www.cuer.co.uk/cuer/home.html

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