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.