Made of lightweight carbon and aluminium, Stella is no slouch; it has a respectable operating distance of some 600km on a single charge. And if that wasn’t enough, its solar panels actually generate more energy than it needs to drive, so that excess can actually be discharged into the power grid. That kind of efficiency doesn’t just come from nowhere though; Stella looks like it’s practically made out of paper, which is less than ideal for a “family” vehicle. You know, if you care about your family.
Stella’s set to participate in the World Solar Challenge this October, a 3000km race across the Australian outback where entrants are graded on not only speed but efficiency and passenger counts. It’s a chance for Stella to prove its mettle. Here’s to hoping it can handle obstacles like a head-on collision with a particularly strong gust of wind.