Students are developing a solar-powered mobile home that will have a range of 730 kilometers
Created: 05.10.2022, 16:40
By: Julian Baumann
Students at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a solar-powered mobile home that can travel up to 730 kilometers a day.
Stuttgart/Eindhoven - The trend in the global automotive industry is clearly towards environmentally friendly drives, not least because of the pressure from politics.
For most established car manufacturers and many start-ups, the electric motor is the drive of the future.
Mercedes-Benz, for example, intends to only offer battery-powered vehicles from 2030.
However, technical advances in mobility are not only noticeable in large companies, scientists and researchers also want to make their contribution to CO2-neutral transport.
Students at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands have developed an electric car that cleans the air while driving.
In a press release, the TU team called for people to see the “ZEM” electric car prototype for themselves on site.
However, the university does not only focus on e-mobility.
Another team of students developed a solar-powered RV that can travel up to 450 miles while still powering devices like a laptop, TV, or coffee maker.
"Stella Vita": The student team's solar-powered mobile home is completely self-sufficient in terms of energy
In addition to e-mobility, the hydrogen-powered fuel cell is the most common alternative to the now frowned upon internal combustion engines.
However, the German manufacturer Sono Motors unveiled the first production-ready solar car in July and the super-e-car EQXX from Mercedes-Benz can also increase the already impressive electric range with built-in solar panels.
The TU's "Solar Team Eindhoven" presented the "Stella Vita" (Spanish for "star" and "life"), the first solar-powered mobile home in which you can both drive and live.
This is intended to make a contribution to a sustainable future, according to a press release.
The solar-powered mobile home "Vita Stella" can cover a distance of 730 kilometers and also supply a coffee machine with electricity.
© Bart van Overbeeke
The student team from Eindhoven's solar-powered mobile home "Stella Vita" generates the energy required for driving and operating various devices exclusively via the solar panels on the roof of the drop-shaped vehicle and is therefore completely energy self-sufficient.
"The vehicle generates enough energy to drive, take a shower, watch TV, charge the laptop and make coffee," Solar Team Eindhoven wrote in the press release.
The mobile small house can extend additional solar panels when stationary and thus collect even more energy for the onward journey.
"On a sunny day, Stella Vita can cover a distance of up to 730 kilometers with efficient energy consumption."
From Eindhoven to Tarifa: Stella Vita demonstrates range on road trip to southern Spain
Of course, critical voices could now say that a solar-powered vehicle will have a hard time, especially in winter when there are fewer hours of sunshine.
"What happens if it's not sunny?" asked a user on Facebook.
"Of course we have a little problem when there's no sun," admitted Lotte Van Dasler, who worked on the project last year, according to the
World Economic Forum
"But we designed the vehicle so that it can also be charged from the power grid." She was also impressed by the final status of the solar-powered mobile home.
The solar-powered vehicle "Stella Vita" can also be used for living.
© Bart van Overbeeke
The team from the TU Eindhoven proved that Stella Vita can actually cover a considerable distance on a trip from the city in the south of the Netherlands to the Spanish capital Madrid and further to the extreme south of Spain.
During the journey, which lasted about a month, the solar-powered mobile home had covered a total of around 3,000 kilometers when it arrived at the end point in Tarifa, the southernmost point of mainland Europe.
With the solar-powered Stella Vita, the team claims to inspire automakers and politicians to accelerate the transition to renewable energies.