Ever wonder how a solar-powered electric vehicle works? Well, the University of Michigan’s Solar Car Team has been designing these types of vehicles since 1990. The team took home the winning title for the American Solar Challenge on July 21, 2012 which makes them a seven-time champion for this competition. They have also placed 3rd four times in the World Solar Conference that takes place in Australia.
This is a student-run organization that designs and builds new solar electric vehicles every two years or so. Once the vehicle they are working on is complete, they immediately start working on their next vehicle making this organization a full time commitment. When the team is not working on building, they are focused on preparing and planning for their competitions. The World Solar Conference takes place in Australia and the race crew of 20 people have to take off all of fall semester in order to participate in this event. This experience definitely pays off for them especially when they win a big title.
To learn more about the U of M Solar Car Team, click here.