Thursday, November 8, 2012

18 Green Cars to particpate in 2nd Atacama Solar Challenge

Atacama Desert - the driest desert in the world is located in the South America on the Pacific Coast, spread over a narrow strip of 1,000 kilometers in length, west of the Andes mountains.

A solar powered car in the Atacama Desert [Photo: National Geographic]

Because of its high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover, dry air, and lack of light pollution and radio interference from the very widely spaced cities, the desert is one of the best places in the world to conduct astronomical observations. And this phenomenon provides a real testing ground for the solar powered cars for the second time this year.

This year, 18 solar powered cars from Chile, Argentina, Veneuezela and India weill be taking part in the race across Chile's uber-dry Atacama desert from Novemebr 15-19.


The competition that began last year, attracts low-cost environmentally friendly solar powered green car manufacturers from around the world to come and compete in the competition, while testing their cars in the most ideal conditions with abundance of sun.

The comeptition is divided into two categories: cars powered exclusively by the sun's rays, designed by eight-person teams, and hybrid solar- and pedal-powered three-wheelers, mostly designed by university students.

Read more about the 2nd Atacama green car rally at The Business Recorder


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