Dutch students unveil solar powered mobile home, Stella Vita

A group of university students in the Netherlands have developed a solar powered mobile home that they claim can travel up to 730 kilometres on a sunny day.

Solar Team Eindhoven, a group of 22 students from the Eindhoven University of Technology, have presented the Stella Vita, a self-sustaining house on wheels.

The vehicle is designed to generate enough solar energy to live and drive on. On a sunny day, not only can it drive 730 kilometres but also shower, watch TV, charge your laptop, and make coffee.

Through solar panels on its roof, it is independent of charging stations. The roof slides up when stationary, making it easy to stand inside, cook, sleep, or work.

Additional solar panels fold out when the roof is raised, doubling the solar surface to as much as 17.5 square metres. The Stella Vita takes two to three days to fully recharge using just solar.

Able to comfortably carry two passengers thanks to a 60kWh lithium-ion battery and lightweight glass fiber with aluminium and foam core, Stella Vita weighs 1,700-kilograms and measures 7.20-metres long.

The vehicle has a top speed of 120km/h and a base range of 600-kilometres.

Solar Team Eindhoven first unveiled the Stella Vita to a group of young students, part of the team’s desire to educate and encourage the next generation in sustainability.

“They are the future, the next generation and can encourage and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future,” said Kjell Revenberg, Team Manager of Solar Team Eindhoven.

“To accelerate this transition, we are going to inspire as many people in Europe as possible for the sustainable future during our journey.”

Unfortunately, though the Solar Team Eindhoven were set to take the Stella Vita on a 3,000-kilometre journey from Eindhoven to the southernmost tip of Spain, technical troubles forced them to load the solar-powered home onto a trailer.

The team will continue to work on the vehicle during the tour and hope to drive it on roads heading south as soon as they can.

Sources:

Solar Team Eindhoven | Presenting our newest solar-vehicle: Stalla Vita!

The Driven | Dutch students unveil solar powered mobile home capable of 730km a day

21 September 2021

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