Stella Lux rocked the USA!
Our West-coast trip in the USA is sadly over now, but we can look back with a very positive feeling. It is amazing to see how many people are inspired by Stella Lux and her technologies. The American people welcomed us with open arms and were interested in our story. A short summary of our trip:
After an amazing kickoff at the Laguna Seca circuit on Sunday, our week in Silicon Valley with Stella Lux continued with an event at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District in San Francisco. There, Dutch minister Henk Kamp and California governor Panorea Avdis signed a letter of intent to jointly invest in sustainable businesses. We then visited the UC Davis campus to meet with commissioner Scott from the California Energy Commission, a long-time supporter of Solar Team Eindhoven. That evening, Stella Lux escorted the attendants of the official trade mission dinner at the Glasshouse in San Jose.
In conversation with Minister Kamp at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
Our visit to Prospect SV
On Tuesday, we visited Stanford for the emerging technologies summit and also took this opportunity to visit our friends at the Stanford Solar team. In the afternoon we also visited Prospect SV, an innovation hub in San Jose that also focusses clean energy innovations.
Stella Lux together with her VDL cousin.
The week ended with a visit to our partner VDL’s offices in Fremont, where they explained the delegation all about their presence in the USA.
Lastly, we would like to thank all the partners in our project, this trip reaffirmed the strength of our partnerships with both businesses and academics!
Watch this short movie for a nice recap of our day at the Laguna Sega Raceway.
USA news: Stella Lux in the spotlight during Lucky Dog Racing League
On Sunday the 8th of January, Stella Lux was a special guest at the start of a 7-hour endurance race at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. She appeared as safety car driving the first round in front of all the Lucky Dogs cars.
The reason of our visit was our involvement in the Dutch economic trade mission to Las Vegas and Silicon Valley together with Minister Kamp of Economic Affairs, Prince Constantijn and many Dutch companies. The minister tested Stella Lux and was very impressed by our car. Out of his hands, we received an achievement award with the words: “Thank you for inspiring innovation!”.
Minister Kamp handing over an achievement award to Martijn Lammers.
A student of Monterey County elementary school with Stella Lux.
After the official moment we were able to meet a large group of elementary school-age students from Monterey County who built mini-Stellas. They could take a look inside the car and race with their own-built models. The kids were very enthusiast and they truly understood the technology our solar car is based on.
Program on Monday
On Monday morning (CA time) the trade mission continues with the Smart e-Mobility Conference hosted by Bay Area Air Quality Management District, where Stella Lux will be shown. Our friend Maarten Steinbuch is one of the keynote speakers. In the afternoon she will stand in front of The Glasshouse during the Holland in the Valley Business Dinner.
Stella Lux joins trade mission to Las Vegas and Silicon Valley
Stella Lux will test and demonstrate leading edge technology on the Laguna Seca Race Trackway in California on January 8, 2017 through the Trans-Atlantic Smart e-Mobility Program S4C. Netherlands Minister Henk Kamp of Economic Affairs will personally oversee the test run as the Stella Lux embodies an important part of Dutch innovation, from robotics and photonics to Smart e-Mobility and energy technology. The Minister is leading an high-tech economic mission to California focusing on these topics.
Stella Lux will be the first all solar-powered car to demonstrate new energy positive technologies at the world famous track; offering a striking contrast to the loud and high octane fuel using race cars that normally make the rounds at Laguna Seca track. Because Stella Lux is an energy positive car she will not need any pit stops. Additionally, she will function as the Pace Car for the day’s race scheduled at Laguna. Our team will then meet with students from Monterey County, California who had the opportunity to build their own mini-Stella and research the transportation of the future.
Many of the leading automotive technology companies (Mercedes, Porsche, Tesla, McLaren, Audi, Ferrari, etc.) have all a tested and demonstrated breakthrough technologies (such as engines, tires, suspension, fuel, aerodynamics, etc.) at Laguna Seca.
The following week Stella Lux and our team members will attend several events like a Smart E-mobility conference, another conference at Stanford where Maarten Steinbuch will speak, a visit at Prospect SV and VDL and many more small stops. Do you want to stay tuned? Follow us at Facebook and Twitter!
Media RSVP required. Media should RSVP to attend Stella Lux at Laguna Seca by emailing [email protected] by 12 pm on January 7, 2017.