Solar Powered Car to Hit Streets in Taiwan

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It started out as a Taiwanese entry in the Australian World Solar Challenge and was scaled up. "As [our team] has done quite well in the past 10 years at international solar car races -- this year ranking second out of more than 50 cars at the WSC -- we decided two years ago to broaden our advanced solar technology applications and make a car for the consumer market," says team leader Ay Herchang. "At a time when carbon emission reduction and fighting global warming are top priorities of governments and people, a wholly solar-powered car would offer a good alternative for the green-minded."

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original apollo solar car had a little less room but could travel at 145 Km/h

It ended up as a 250 Kg (550 lbs) two-seater capable of 70 Km/h (44 mph) that can run for three hours on a charge, and will cost about NT$800,000 ( US$24,600).

On vehicle safety, Ay said: "Parts of the car will be made with Nomex honeycomb, a material widely used in aircraft and aerospace components for its high strength, excellent impact and fire resistance as well as its light weight." ::Taipei Times

Before readers start complaining about the high price, it would have cost a third less a year ago before the fall of the American dollar.

UPDATE: See our earlier post on the Venturi Eclectic from France, already on the road. Thanks for the tip, Susan!

Solar Powered Car to Hit Streets in Taiwan
It started out as a Taiwanese entry in the Australian World Solar Challenge and was scaled up. "As [our team] has done quite well in the past 10 years at international solar car races -- this year ranking second out of more than 50 cars at the WSC --

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