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    Science & Technology

    Powered by the sun and student creativity

    By Christopher Palmer
    Christopher Palmer
    Published: Dec. 8, 2010

    The University of Texas Solar Vehicles Team, a campus club made up of students from all academic disciplines, designs high performance racing cars powered by the sun.

    Since the 1980s, the club has been custom building, testing and racing carbon-neutral electric vehicles.

    Music: Alex / CC BY-NC 3.0

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      Jeff said on Sept. 7, 2011 at 9:50 p.m.
      What a great achievement by your team. Had no idea you could get up to speeds like 50mph. The sun creates so much energy and we just haven't taken full advantage of it. Such a pity it can have a devastating effect as well. Thinking of all you Texans as you go through tough times at the moment with those terrible bush fires. Great achievement all the same.
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      Peter said on April 7, 2011 at 1:57 a.m.
      Great effort guys. We have a similar annual event in Australia. It runs from Alice Springs in the heart of Australia to Darwin at the far north and is around 1500km. All done on solar energy panels etc. Most of the competitors are young teams like yourselves. Maybe we should have a race..... Well done to your team.
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      Romeo said on March 10, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.
      Awesome guys, all the best! This is the way to go. You are the ambassadors of change in the automotive industry. Solar power is the way to go.
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      Green Electricity said on Dec. 22, 2010 at 8:54 p.m.
      Keep up the good work. Hopefully we will all be driving these one of these days.
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      Jag Maturi said on Dec. 21, 2010 at 9:16 p.m.
      Congratulations! Much respect for the yourselves on behalf of the greatest Universities in the world!
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      Dustin Behnke said on Dec. 10, 2010 at 8:19 p.m.
      Man I wish I could have gone! Would have been so much more fun than summer school. Looking forward to taking the car to Indy this summer!
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      Mohammed Sadiq Ali said on Dec. 10, 2010 at 11:09 a.m.
      Great job guys. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you guys at the next race.
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