A team of 50 students from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) designed the prototype of a car that runs on solar energy, with which they seek to participate in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2021, to be held in Australia.
Alberto Ávila Núñez, captain of the Hyadi Solar Racing Team, commented that not only are they the only Mexican contestants, but that Mexico has not been represented in this event for 30 years, when a group from UNAM attended.
The objective of the competition, which is going to be held in October next year, is to cross Australia in the solar car "from north to south" on a route of three thousand 10 kilometers for a period of four to seven days.
The vehicle created by the UAEM youth has solar cells on the roof that feed the batteries inside and reaches speeds of between 70 and 120 kilometers per hour.
Alberto Ávila, student of the Engineering in Sustainable Energy Systems career, explained that it is not a speed competition, it is not the one who comes first who wins, but the team whose vehicle has the best efficiency, that is, the one that best uses solar energy . "It is a technological joust, it is not based on the pilot's expertise."