The new design: Elegant and sporty
It’s a proud sight to behold: Packed full of innovations and with a comfortable interior, it displays a classic yet sporty outline. Five months before the start of the World Solar Challenge in Australia, Bochum University and thyssenkrupp have now published the first picture of the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser!
The latest solar-powered car to result from this development partnership is a four-seater sports coupé. It shows the best and most attractive side of e-mobility: not just rational and sustainable, but also a real treat for the eyes. For the first time, the body and interior were created by a design student from Folkwang University of the Arts in collaboration with budding engineers from Bochum University of Applied Sciences. Sustainability was a guiding principle behind the vehicle’s development, so leather and carbon have made way for natural fibers, and all other materials used, including steel, were put to the ecological test.
The thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser will be formally unveiled on July 5, 2017. Until then, you can find out more about the solar car and its functions here.
Did you know?
Bochum University has been designing and building solar-powered electric vehicles for over 15 years. In 2012 one of its solar cars circumnavigated the globe on solar power alone, earning it a Guinness World Record for the longest journey by a solar electric vehicle (29,753 kilometers).
World Solar Challenge in Australia every two years
The World Solar Challenge takes place in Australia every two years and is run on public roads bisecting the continent from north to south. The thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser will compete in the Cruiser Class – named after a Bochum-built vehicle – for which the regulations stipulate practicality, a roadworthiness certificate in the country of origin and at least two seats. In addition to the energy recovered during driving from the solar panels on the car’s surface, the batteries in this class, which can have any capacity, may be recharged from the mains. Victory is decided not by speed, but by the number of people transported and the amount of energy used.
The contest starts on October 8, 2017 in Darwin, with participants expected to arrive in Adelaide six days later. The blue.cruiser from Bochum is one of only two German entrants.