The Hague, The Netherlands-A group of Dutch students reimagined life in a truck and is on the road to Portugal. Their pioneering solar car is not a camper.
“We call it a self-sufficient house on wheels,” said Lotte van Dasler, a team member of the Technical University of Eindhoven, a city in the south of the Netherlands. “In terms energy, we are self-sufficient. We are independent, unlike campers. So, I think we have created something completely new. “New ideas, new solutions, sustainable futures.
This quirky and stylish mobile home was put to the test at the Renault factory in Paris on Friday.
Stella Vita solar panels are located on top of this vehicle. These panels can generate enough power to drive or disconnect from the grid. The in-vehicle computer system displays how much energy you use when cooking, bathing, or watching TV.
Tijn Ter Horst, a member of the team, said that this system is “really cool” because it allows you to make smarter choices about how much energy you use.
According to the student team, it can travel 730 km (454 miles) at a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph on sunny days). It can travel 600 km (373 miles) nightly thanks to its 60 kWh lithium-ion battery.
It will be 17.5 m2 (188 sq. feet) in size with the solar panels. This is roughly equivalent to a normal home roof.
They drove 3,864 miles to Tarifa, Spain’s southernmost city, as a demonstration.
The road trip started out badly. Stella Vita was forced to use a trailer for her trip from Eindhoven, Belgium to Brussels and Paris to Paris because of problems with the transmission.
During a test drive near Paris on Friday, project manager Laura Van Houtum said: “We just want to drive the mileage to make sure that these small problems do not recur.”