New solar car teams #3: Chalmers University

Chalmers Solar Team  (click: ), from Gothenburg, is one of two new Swedish solar car teams (both in the Challenger class, as are the existing teams from Jönköping University and Mälardalens University). Their preliminary render (above) is reminiscent of the South African Naledi (from NWU), but this render seems to date from before the start of serious design work, so we might see something quite different for the race. Lycka till!


The team is housed next to the campus library (photo: Bjoertvedt)


New solar car teams #2: Halmstad University

Halmstad University Solar Team  (click: ), from Halmstad, is one of two new Swedish solar car teams (both in the Challenger class, as are the existing teams from Jönköping University and Mälardalens University). Their university is relatively new, having been established in 1983. It sees itself as “innovation driven,” which makes building solar cars a good fit for them. HUST is still refining their design, but they seem to be influenced by Michigan’s 2017 “bullet car.” They are also fundraising on gofundme to raise support for their solar car construction and travel to Australia. Lycka till!


World Solar Challenge head to head: Sweden


Flag image by Tage Olsin

The World Solar Challenge is an exciting race to find the best solar car in the world. That makes for serious competition between countries. But there are also some interesting contests within countries. The most obvious is between Nuon (3) and Twente (21), who came first and second in the Challenger class last time.

Within Sweden, JU Solar Team (46, Solveig, above) did well in the Challenger class in 2015, coming 15th. But fellow Swedes MDH (22) have joined the competition, with a very interesting-looking car (MDH Solar Car, below). Which of the two will be the best Swedish team in 2017?


World Solar Challenge progress

Across the world, solar car teams are beginning to finish their cars for the 2017 World Solar Challenge, the premier world contest in sustainable vehicle technology. Michigan has shipped their famous semi, while MDH and Iowa have revealed their cars (photo memories from MDH Solar Team, Iowa State University, University of Michigan, Bochum, and Kogakuin). Meanwhile, the road from Darwin to Adelaide is waiting.

See here for an updated team list.