- The eco-friendly vehicle, called the Stella Vita, is the creation of students at the Eindhoven University of Technology
- The ‘Self-Sustaining House on Wheels’ is equipped with solar panels on its roof and is completely dependent on solar power
- To show this, the team is taking a 1,864-mile (3,000 km) tour of Europe, ending in Spain’s southernmost city.
Environmentally conscious students in the Netherlands have developed a ‘completely self-sustaining’ solar powered electric camper van.
The vehicle, called the Stella Vita, provides enough energy to drive, take a shower, watch TV, charge a laptop, and even make coffee or cook food on a small stove, thanks to solar panels on its roof.
It is the creation of about 20 students who make up Solar Team Eindhoven, a research group at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
Some of the team (it’s unclear how many) are now taking the blue-and-white car van on a 1,864-mile (3,000-kilometer) road trip across Europe, ending in Tarifa, Spain’s southernmost city.
A solar-powered vehicle is on display on a closed street in Guanacourt, south of Paris. The Solar Team is the creation of a group of students at Eindhoven, a team of about 20 enthusiastic and ambitious students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.
An ambitious group of Dutch students have re-imagined the van life and are headed to Portugal. Don’t just call their groundbreaking new solar-powered vehicle a campervan – it’s a ‘self-sustaining home on wheels’.
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top speed: 75 mph
Category: 454 miles by day, 373 miles at night
Power: solar energy
facilities: stove, sink, bed, on-board information system
The sleek but weird-looking mobile home took a test drive last week at a Renault facility outside Paris.
Now the students are taking to the streets. During the tour, they are stopping in different cities to hold different events and show ‘It is already possible for a sustainable future in terms of energy and mobility’.
But students say their unique vehicle is not technically a tourist van.
‘We call this a self-sustaining house on wheels,’ said Lotte van Dassler, part of the Solar Team Eindhoven.
‘We are free in our energy. Not a camper, and we are. So I think we create something new. New concept, new idea and new future – a sustainable future.’
Solar panels on the roof of the vehicle generate enough energy to get off the grid and drive, while an on-board information system shows how much energy you use while you cook, shower or watch TV.
It also has a roof that slides up when stationary, making it reminiscent of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as it glide through the air in the classic 1968 film.
There is also a double bed, dining table, seating area and sink next to the stove as well as seats for two passengers, including the driver.
However, there are no toilets on board, which means passengers may have to make an immediate stop during their long, eco-friendly journey.
The Stella Vitta is being driven from Eindhoven to Spain’s southernmost city, Tarifa – a 1,864-mile (3,000-kilometer) road trip through various cities to organize various events
It also has a roof that slides up when stationary, to which its solar panels are affixed, maximizing the amount of energy production
With solar panels stuck on, the Stella Vita is reminiscent of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as it blew through the air in the 1968 classic film (pictured).
On a sunny day, the Stella Vita is capable of traveling 454 miles (730 kph) at a top speed of 75 mph (120 kph), the team says.
And thanks to its 60 kilowatt-hour battery, it can drive 373 miles (600 kilometers) at night when there’s no solar power.
Once it’s parked and its roof is open, it holds 188 square feet (17.5 sq m) of solar panels – as much as the roof of an average home can accommodate.
Designed by the solar team from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Stella Vita is equipped with rooftop solar panels, through which the vehicle generates enough energy to drive, take a shower and watch TV.
The Stella Vita includes a double bed, dining table, seating area, and sink next to the stove – although it’s a bit squeezy, meaning passengers can still smell the cooking fumes from dinner as they sleep. flow for
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