Imagine driving off the new car lot in a sexy little two-seater with no need for gas. Ever. No gas, no electrical plug and no hydrogen fuel cells. Just sunshine.
The sleek curves of the SolarWorld GT are only surpassed by its award winning inner technology. Power is generated by six square meters (almost 20 square feet) of solar cells. Its battery management system and in-wheel motors are designed for long distances. It is the first street legal solar car ever built, and is en route to a record breaking trip around the world. Thirty students from Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany built the solar powered car.
“In the media the name is The Bothum Beauty, but we call it Bo,” said SolarWorld GT team leader Tim Skerra. Skerra spoke about the project saying that they hope to earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for traveling more than 21,000 miles across four continents in a solar powered vehicle.
An opportunity of a lifetime came last Friday when the SolarWorld GT stopped at Glendale Community College. A crowd quickly gathered and was invited to enter a free drawing for a chance to win a ride in the state-of-the art solar powered bullet.
When it came time to draw the winning number, audible groans filled the air as the disappointed looked around to see who had won. The lucky winner raised his hand, grinning from ear to ear, and came forward.
“It was great!” said GCC student David Turner. “I could hear the wheels powering up.”
“We have a plan to become carbon neutral,” said GCC President Irene Kovala as she addressed the crowd. This event is part of ongoing activities and actions since signing the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Kovala announced that GCC is a finalist in the 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Awards, saying “…if we won the national award it would be spectacular!”
The SolarWorld GT project is sponsored by SolarWorld. SolarWorld is one of the largest manufacturers of sustainable, socially responsible Photovoltaic (PV) energy in the world. The word Photovoltaic means energy from light. Learn more at http://www.solarworld-usa.com
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