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The Stanford Solar Car in Australia

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Picking up from a story in the Stanford News, an all-student team developed a solar-powered car to race across the Australian Outback.  The terrain is treacherous- and so are the trucks.  Whereas we only see tamdem tractor-trailers on our roads, in Australia the Lorries are allowed to create ‘road trains’ of four trailers being pulled by one locomotive Peterbilt (or equivalent- probably a MAN).  The race is held every two years, and the team is poised to do well against the international competition.

The vehicle is touted as being 97% efficient.  Of course, it is not the type of vehicle for groceries.  But we love to see trickle-down technology.  Of course, we haven’t seen anything in modern vehicles with solar connected to the drivetrain- only to ancillary HVAC and entertainment function.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/october/stanford-solar-car-100713.html

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