Published: 2013-10-08 15:37:26 Author: Source: New Fastweb Views: comment:

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The world's first 4-seater solar car "Stella". (Image source: ABC)

According to the Associated Press of Australia, after years of research and testing and a large amount of capital investment, 38 solar-powered cars are on the road in Australia to participate in a 3000-kilometer race.

The World Solar Challenge kicked off in Darwin on Sunday and will end in Adelaide. Participating teams from 22 countries around the world came to the field early to allow their vehicles to absorb enough solar energy. Many contestants are old players, but a new focus has emerged this year.

The winning teams of the previous event, Nuon from the Netherlands and Tokai from Japan, will participate in the "Challenger" level speed competition. Some vehicles are contested for "practicality", requiring the participating vehicles to comply with their country's road safety standards and can carry at least 2 people.

It is reported that two teams from the University of NSW and TAFE College of South Australia will participate in the "practical" competition. But the most popular winner in this competition is the Dutch "Stella", which is the world's first 2-seater solar car.

Another new rule for this year’s competition is that solar cars participating in the "Challenger" class must have 4 wheels. This is also a signal that the organizers hope to promote solar cars to become the mainstream.

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The world's first 4-seater solar car "Stella". (Image source: ABC)

According to the Associated Press of Australia, after years of research and testing and a large amount of capital investment, 38 solar-powered cars are on the road in Australia to participate in a 3000-kilometer race.

The World Solar Challenge kicked off in Darwin on Sunday and will end in Adelaide. Participating teams from 22 countries around the world came to the field early to allow their vehicles to absorb enough solar energy. Many contestants are old players, but a new focus has emerged this year.

The winning teams of the previous event, Nuon from the Netherlands and Tokai from Japan, will participate in the "Challenger" level speed competition. Some vehicles are contested for "practicality", requiring the participating vehicles to comply with their country's road safety standards and can carry at least 2 people.

It is reported that two teams from the University of NSW and TAFE College of South Australia will participate in the "practical" competition. But the most popular winner in this competition is the Dutch "Stella", which is the world's first 2-seater solar car.

Another new rule for this year’s competition is that solar cars participating in the "Challenger" class must have 4 wheels. This is also a signal that the organizers hope to promote solar cars to become the mainstream.