Production cars powered by the sun

Recognising the global imperatives of sustainable transport, the Cruiser Class was established in 2013 to encourage the creation of solar cars designed for practicality and acceptance in a given market segment. Cruiser Class teams aim to change the way we think about what we drive and what fuels we use.

The winner of the Cruiser Class is determined by a number of factors as evaluated by our judges, including both performance and design.

In 2017, the Cruiser Class winning vehicle carried an average of three people over 3,000 km using less 46 kWh of electricity—the energy cost of the journey was less than $4.70 per person.

 


What do we observe from Cruiser Class entries?

With determinants of success including payload, energy consumption and a subjective element of 'practicality', entrants are faced with the real-world challenge faced by automotive and personal transport designers around the globe: what will end users (in this case, guest judges) find attractive, and give the design a desirable point of difference?