Panasonic-sponsored Tokai University team wins Carrera Solar Atacama 2014
Panasonic Corporation has announced that a team from Tokai University in Japan has won the Carrera Solar Atacama 2014, South America's biggest solar car race, with a solar car that was powered by Panasonic's HIT(R)* solar modules and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.
This year's competition in the Atacama Desert saw twenty-five teams from six countries participate with their vehicles fueled solely by the sun.
The teams started off in Pozo Almonte in Chile on November 13th to complete a 1,082-kilometer course that has altitudes ranging from zero to over 3,400 meters Panasonic also supported the team as a sponsor last year, when the students finished runner-up in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge 2013 in Australia. The company provided the team with its HIT(R) solar modules, boasting the world's highest conversion efficiency and high-capacity lithium-ion batteries.
After the race Professor Hideki Kimura of Tokai University, advisor to the solar car team, commented: "Since we participated in the solar car race in South America for the first time, we had to make a lot of efforts.
"It was a tough course over the Andes, with a maximum elevation difference of over 3,400 meters, but we were able to conquer the challenge thanks to the high performance of Panasonic's HIT solar cells and lithium-ion batteries, and the teamwork of the students.
"I'm very satisfied with such an exciting race with Chile's team until the last day".
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* "HIT" is a registered trademark of the Panasonic Group.