U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Amsterdam's Nuon Solar Team Wins the World Solar Challenge
October 5, 2005
The Nuon Solar Team won the World Solar Challenge on September 28th, smashing
its own record by covering the 1877-mile course in only 29 hours and
11 minutes, beating its previous time by more than an hour and a half.
That works out to an average speed of 64.3 miles per hour, or 102.75
kilometers per hour, marking the first time that a solar car has gone
faster than 100 kilometers per hour along the grueling course. The
Nuon team earned their third consecutive win, followed in second place
by the Aurora Vehicle Association of Australia. The University of
Michigan took third place with a time of 33 hours and 18 minutes, for
an average speed of about 56 miles per hour. The Massachusetts
Institute of Technology earned sixth place, a respectable finish among
the field of 19 cars that completed the race. See the Media and "On the
Road" sections of the World Solar Challenge Web site.