Top 6 futuristic solar-powered-cars

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 23, 2015

Solar power is fast becoming popular as an alternative method of sourcing energy for cars. It is the most efficient, after all. As a result, several teams and even a big company have worked to create a solar-powered vehicle for both the racetrack and the regular road. Here are six of these amazing sun-powered automobiles.

1. Xenith

Solar power technology is constantly evolving, and the Xenith is a testament to all those innovations. Its solar powered drivetrain is so efficient that the Xenith has enough power to propel itself to speeds that are meant to be achieved only on the racetracks and not the roads.

While the team of geniuses that built this next-generation automobile said that the car isn’t the fastest, the car’s performance speaks volumes on the potential of the Xenith’s motor and silicon solar panels.

Work is still ongoing on the Xenith, even after the 2011 World Solar Challenge races. We can all look forward to a possible upgrade that will make the Xenith the fastest solar-powered car in the planet.

2. Immortus

EVX Ventures has managed to combine sensible aesthetics, space optimization and functionality for the Immortus solar-powered car.

While most solar-powered cars look awkward with the solar panels arranged haphazardly on the roof panel of the vehicle, the Immortus’ 75 square feet worth of solar panels are arranged neatly and sensibly on top of it.

You must have $370,000 roughly to get your hands on this baby, but you’ll find that it’s worth the investment as your gas money will go somewhere else thanks to its 100% solar-dependent motor.

3. Stella Lux

The Stella Lux is a sort of black sheep among the different solar-powered cars that have made their debut in the WCS and other events.

This is because Solar Team Eindhoven, the creator of this marvelous piece of technology, has designed the car with one other purpose aside from competing in the WCS.

That purpose is to be a family wagon. Yes, the car is designed to accommodate a driver and three passengers. The amazing thing is, since it was designed first-hand to compete in the WCS, it is capable of speeds that a normal family car cannot match.

4. Xof1

The Xof1 is 7 years old, which means it came out 3 years before the 2011 WCS, the event wherein many of the cars in this list were launched at. Debuting in 2008, the Xof1 holds the first distinction of achieving the longest distance ever traveled by a solar-powered car.

This distinct flying saucer-shaped car would eventually lose that honor years later, but designer Marcelo da Luz can bask in pride at his brainchild.

The designer had built everything from the scratch, using his own funds and ingenuity. The result is an impressive solar-powered car for its time, and one that remains relevant in the ongoing development of solar-powered vehicles.

5. Nuna8

Being lightweight is this solar-powered car’s strongest point. In this year’s WCS, the Nuna8 registered only 331 pounds of weight. What this achieved is an average speed of 59 to 62 miles per hour. The lightweight design and the amazing speeds it reaches resulted to another win for the Delft University team.

This would be the 15th year that the race team had taken the top spot in the WCS races. They wasted no time in commemorating the milestone, reportedly partying in a city fountain after the conclusion of the events.

6. Ford C-Max Solar Energi

While most of the solar-powered cars were endeavors by students and neophyte businessmen, the C-Max Solar Energi is not an independent venture. It is the brainchild of big-time car manufacturer Ford.

The American car maker introduced the C-Max Solar Energi to the public at last year’s Detroit Auto Show. Because it was designed by a firm that had the time and budget to do proper research and development, the C-Max Solar Energi has a more normal appearance than the other cars in its list.

However, its hatchbatch appearance hides a highly efficient solar panel system on the roof. The car’s power reserves are immense, thanks to a Frensel lens that multiplies the solar energy absorbed by the panels.

The lens, specifically, can multiply the amount of energy the sun gives into an output equivalent to 8 times the original input. What does this mean? It means that the C-Max Solar Energi is capable of producing everything it needs. A supplemental gasoline engine might be unnecessary. However, the car is still in the testing phase.

Source: Engadget

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