Stella Lux produces more energy than she consumes in every month of the year. On average, Dutch citizens drive 37 kms a day. Even in the Netherlands, not known for its sunny weather, the solar cells on Stella Lux produce more than enough energy. In mid-winter the car still has range of 40 km a day, rising to 310 km a day in the summer. And if you leave Stella Lux stationary for a few days you can charge the battery to its maximum capacity. That’s 1000 km of safe, totally emission-free driving. In the last few days, Stella Lux has broken records, being the first car to drive 1500 km on a single charge.
Placing the motors directly in the wheels means no transmission or gearbox is needed. This results in an energy efficiency of 96% in the motors. And when Stella Lux brakes, the motors recharge the batteries.
Being energy positive means that Solar Team Eindhoven can introduce new concepts like wireless discharging. Use Stella’s surplus energy to lower your total energy consumption at home. Stella-Lux in the driveway can cut the costs of running lights, TV’s and tablets, in fact anything that’s switched in. And while the car is parked at places like the High Tech Campus, it could be contributing to lowering the bills back home!
We congratulate all those involved in the success of Stella Lux in the 2015 World Solar Challenge