Stella Vita: Solar-powered motorhome with 730 km range

Stella Vita: Solar-powered motorhome with 730 km range-motorhome

The solar team Eindhoven is certainly the one or the other reader certainly in memory, but they are behind the E-vehicle “Lucas”, from recycled waste. But in mid-September 2021, the team offers Eindhoven with another vehicle, the first solar-powered motorhome worldwide. The vehicle produces enough solar energy to live and drive.

How to understand the solar team Eindhoven, go with Stella Vita, so the name of the motorhome, the next step towards a sustainable future. In mid-September, Stella Vita could be seen on the street for the first time. Because at this time it broke up a Europe-wide journey. The students know that this is a self-sufficient house on wheels. Say, the Mobile House is Energy Selfish. Through solar cells on the roof it is independent of charging stations. The vehicle produces enough solar energy to drive, shower, remedy, to boot the laptop and cook coffee.

Stella Vita: Solar-powered motorhome with 730 km range-rangeSolar Team Eindhoven / Beard Van Overbeeke

In the performance showed that the solar house has a roof on wheels, which can be pushed up in the stand. So you can choose to cook, sleep or work comfortably. In addition, additional solar modules can be unfolded when the roof is folded up, whereby the solar area doubles up to 17.5 square meters. In the interior, it was noted that this is comfortable enough for daily use. But at the same time as easily and efficient as possible. Through the efficient use of energy, Stella Vita can drive far on a sunny day up to 730 km.

“They are the future, the next generation and can promote and accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future. In order to accelerate this transition, we will inspire as many people in Europe as possible during our journey for a sustainable future.”- Kjell Revenberg, Team Leader of the Solar Team Eindhoven

The students will travel with Stella Vita in a month from Eindhoven to the southernmost point of Spain with energy from the sun. Together with their partners, including the main sponsor Coolblue, the students will show the future of sustainable travel.

Still a few words for the above-mentioned electricity from recycled waste. We remember: Already in March 2018 we introduced Noah. Noah is a recyclable vehicle developed by students of the TU Eindhoven. The concept vehicle, which presents itself in the form of an electric car car, sets the chassis, body parts and the interior on biocomposite with the main component flax. Two years later, the ecomotive team of TU Eindhoven presented with Luca in January 2020 another concept. In mid-October 2020, further information on the environmentally friendly stromer will follow.

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5 thoughts on “Stella Vita: Solar-powered motorhome with 730 km range”

  1. Beautiful POC to show what’s possible and to stimulate the imagination.
    The ‘future of sustainable travel’ is it more likely not.
    Mobile PV will always be much more expensive than inpatient, and there is the battery and possibly. Hydrogen to collect some energy before picking up. Only a few have a month per distance. They will have to work 2/3 of the time, collect energy and then travel a little faster.
    My PV system is more than twice as big and then needs about 2 weeks of sun to – say – CA – CA. 400 kWh to reap, which I need for the drive to Spain.

  2. First some info about the topic.

    .. Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg … According to the institute studies, cars with photovoltaics on the roof may more than the power of the usable surface and solar radiation so the electricity for some more than 2000 kilometers driving distance to win.


    In Munich … sits the start-up Sono Motors … can the Sion according to the manufacturer In good weather the electricity for up to 35 kilometers a day reload.


    In the Netherlands, another Start-up … Lightyear One presented. The flat and stalled coupe carries five square meters of solar cells .. up to 70 additional kilometers per day ..


    … at the Fraunhofer Institute and proudly refer to one self-developed solar roof. It allows individually painted in any color and will almost invisible. Nevertheless, it should make 210 watts … for up to ten kilometers per day ..

    (Source RP-Online.DE – 6. February 2021)

    210 W divided by 5m² (car) Time 17.5m² (camper) results in 735 watts, in 10 hours 7.35 kWh.

    The 210 W 10 hours are at least 2.1 kWh, with a small electric car inner plot about 20 km.

    For the environment, autosolard roofs are definitely useful and if they are favorable by mass production and moderate surcharges, it is also financially worthwhile for the E motorists.

  3. Cool part ..
    With a good price-performance ratio, what would be for me …

    I am afraid

    1. too expensive
    2. poorly insignificant
    3. too ineffective

    I like to let me know better

    It remains exciting

  4. What a joy and a big compliment to the solar team Eindhoven! Not primarily for raising the textile superstructure with extendable panels, but for the fundamental, which was considered here: a physically meaningful basic form of the vehicle. It is not a “wedge”, as almost all cars worldwide, it is not a “cuboid”, like almost all mobile homes worldwide. No, the motorhomeStella Vita” is dripping, like wonderful!

    This will probably not recognize most visitors to the electric car news because a photo of the vehicle is missing in the driving state. Dear editors, please expand the report for such pictures. And once reports from the molding resistance coefficient and the cross-sectional area of the vehicle. Even the back wheels are covered. Unbelievable! Which data is incurred in consumption and maximum speed?

    Year after year, we are waiting for the international automotive industry on production vehicles, which the physical findings of the 7. School class also apply. And nothing happens. Not even if significant less energy in the battery is available when it was the case in the tank.

    Thank you to Eindhoven. I very firmly keep my fingers crossed that you can not produce and sell and sell as many mobile homes as many campers as possible after SchlOrlag, VW L1 and XL1,. You absolutely deserve it.

    Greetings to Holland sends from the heart,
    Oliver ROdder


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