Adelaide, October 20, 2019 – Solar Team Eindhoven from the Eindhoven University of Technology has won the first prize in the Cruiser Class of the
stella era - World Champion in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019
“Solar Team Eindhoven from the Netherlands have proven it’s in a class of its own, claiming a fourth consecutive Cruiser Cup in the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.”
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We are proud to have won the Cruiser Cup of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2019.
Our fourth-generation solar electric car Stella Era impressed on the road and on the judging floor. Pitched as an ‘opportunity seeker’, Stella Era is a charging station on wheels with eight inbuilt radars that can detect the intensity of the sun and move to charge accordingly. Overall second place went to Australia’s Sunswift in Violet and third place went to Hong Kong’s team IVE in Sophie 6.
To win the Cruiser Cup, solar electric cars must complete the journey from Darwin to Adelaide within time windows and as energy efficient as possible. Out of 13 Cruisers, just three completed the Challenge within the time frame. Going into the second phase of judging, Eindhoven was leading on 111.7 points, followed by Australia’s Sunswift on 56.1 and Hong Kong’s Team IVE Engineering Solar Car Team on 44.2.
The Cruiser Class teams were judged by an expert panel to evaluate the market potential of each solar electric car. The focus was on assessing characteristics such as: design innovation; environmental impact, ease of access; driver and passenger comfort; controls; features; style; and overall style and desirability.
Still buzzing from yesterday’s finish, we started the very last part of our Bridgestone World Solar Challenge journey this morning. Because even though we had
Stella Era is our most revolutionary solar car ever built.
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