Gallery: Stella is the World’s First Solar-Powered Family Car!

 

The Netherlands’ Solar Team Eindhoven just unveiled Stella, the world’s first solar-powered family car! The team comprises a group of 22 students who want to show the world that a family car that runs on solar energy is a real possibility today. The four-passenger vehicle is not only powered by the sun, but it also features new technologies that make it many times lighter and more efficient than today’s cars.

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  1. Roberta Haney Gilbert July 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Love the concept! Great idea! How fast can it go? Important for those long trips families make. What happens after 373 miles?

  2. jestemeco July 6, 2013 at 7:40 am

    great idea. this is the future of all car-business in fact.

  3. Taurug Baca July 5, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    My first thought regarding their definition of “range” would be range with no solar power, say at night. Of course, it’s hard to imagine the batteries (assuming that’s what they mean) could hold that much juice, unless they’re assuming the most efficient speed, say around 45-50 mph. The Tesla model S, which has a slew of lithium ion cells, only has a range of around 300 miles – more or less depending on the actual speed. But this car is supposedly very lightweight, so it’s hard to imagine they would include such a large mass of batteries in the design.

  4. ZsoZso July 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I have a batter-electric car which obviously has a range. But if this car is powered directly by its solar panels and allegedly produces more power than it uses, then what does it mean it has 373 miles range ? It falls apart at that point or what ?

    Shouldn’t the range be infinite OR as long as the sun shines ?

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