SolarWorld GT Begins US Leg of 21,000 Mile Journey
The SolarWorld GT has been labeled by some as the prettiest solar powered car ever built. It’s also on track to be one that makes history too, with a goal of covering 21,000 total miles, which would stand as the longest distance traveled by a single solar powered vehicle.
As the brainchild of Germany’s Bochum University of Applied Sciences and U.S. solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld, the two-seater incorporates photovoltaic panels in the roof, and began its remarkable journey last October.
It covered some 3,100 miles in Australia and New Zealand, before being shipped across the Pacific for its U.S. leg.
Beginning in Half Moon Bay, Calif., the U.S. portion of the trip – which covers approximately 3,700 miles and ends in South Carolina – will reportedly take 49 days, with receptions hosted by the driver and crew at five scheduled stops en route.
Once it has completed the U.S. portion of its transcontinental trip, the SolarWorld GT will be shipped to Europe to embark on the next leg, before moving on to Asia and eventually, back to Australia for the final installment of the record-breaking adventure.
Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, said the idea behind the SolarWorld GT was to create “an ambassador for sustainable personal transportation, reminding us that the power to shift our driving habits from dirty fossil fuels is within our grasp.”