The SolarWorld Gran Turismo Solar Car Arrives in Monaco on 11 May

09/05/2012  Environment

After the solar-powered boat Planet Solar, it's an electric car's turn to come to the Principality!



The round-the-world trip in a solar-powered car is a project by a team at the University of Bochum in Germany.

The solar-powered car SolarWorld Gran Turismo left Australia last November.  It travelled through New Zealand, then the United States, and has now arrived in Europe.

This solar car weighs 250 kg.  It is escorted by two other vehicles, which carry spare parts (as for Formula 1 racing cars!)  It has two batteries, each of which has a range of 450 km.

Solar cells fixed on the roof of the car provide it with solar electricity. 

The aim of the round-the-world trip is two fold – the team hopes to be entered in the Guinness Book of Records, and also to promote German engineering.

The round-the-world solar trip is supported by Solarworld, a German manufacturer of solar modules.

The 11 May rendez-vous in Monaco:

11.30 am:  Interview with H.S.H. Prince Albert II at the Prince's Palace, Monaco

1 pm:  Rendez-vous on the Grand Prix circuit, where the Gran Turismo will do a lap.

 


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