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TdS Report #3: Tour de Sol Categories: Solar Electric Vehicles

The first Tour de Sols, both in Europe and America, were all about solar-
powered vehicles. But the mission has changed over the years, and so the
majority of the cars, trucks and buses that enter do not have much, if any,
solar-electric energy sources. The rules state that all vehicles, except those
in the Production category, must carry at least 1 square foot of solar panel
and that it must power something. Many are used to run the radio.


But we still see entrants that get a significant fraction of their energy from
the sun. (There will be future TdS Reports with the technical details of each
of the vehicles.)


Here is some more info about this year's entrants:



Category SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Vehicle Name SEVRX
Vehicle Number 75
Category SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
vehicle type category solar electric
Team Name Clarkson Solar Knights
Organization Clarkson University Solar Knights
City Potsdam
State NY
COUNTRY USA
www http://www.clarkson.edu/~solarcar
Program blurb The Solar Knights entered SEVRX, their 1986 Honda
CRX battery-electric conversion, in last year's
competition as a demonstration vehicle. This year,
they are back with a reconstructed battery pack,
aerodynamic changes to the body and a brand-new
solar array.



Category SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Vehicle Name Solar Black Bear
Vehicle Number 20
Category SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
vehicle type category solar electric
Team Name UMaine Solar Vehicle Team
City Orono
State ME
COUNTRY USA
www http://.ume.maine.edu/solar
Program blurb The Solar Black Bear returns for its fourth year
to defend its three consecutive first place
finishes in the Solar Category. New this year is a
completely new solar array, motor controller,
truck bed and dashboard system. The new designs
are aimed at improving reliability and
practicality, while keeping the Solar Black Bear a
cost-effective solar transportation solution.



Category SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
Vehicle Name SunPacer
Vehicle Number 92
Category SOLAR ELECTRIC VEHICLES
vehicle type category Advanced battery solar electric
Team Name Cato-Meridian HS Tech Team
Organization Cato-Meridian High School Tech Club
City Cato
State NY
COUNTRY USA
Program blurb Cato-Meridian H.S. Tech Team, Cato, NY. This is
Sunpacer's ninth straight year competing in the
Tour. During this time, Sunpacer has won its class
several times and has been honored with many
efficiency awards. This years team consists of
crew cheif Arron Kolb, driver Ashley Davenport,
chief navigator Tim Soine, backup navigator Amber
Ross and Technology Teacher Earl Billings. The
purpose of the Sunpacer was to design a one-person
commuter propelled by solar electricity.



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The complete set of Tour de Sol Reports for 2002 can be found at:
http://www.AutoAuditorium.com/TdS_Reports_2002
The complete set of past Tour de Sol Reports can be found at:
http://www.FovealSystems.com/Tour_de_Sol_Reports.html
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The above is Copyright 2002 by Michael H. Bianchi.
Permission to copy is granted provided the entire article is presented
without modification and this notice remains attached.
For other arrangements, contact me at +1-973-822-2024 .
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For more on the NESEA Tour de Sol, see the web page at
http://www.nesea.org
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Official NESEA Tour de Sol information is available from the sponsor,
the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) at
413 774-6051 , and 50 Miles Street, Greenfield, MA 01301 , and
[email protected] . All media enquiries should be addressed to ...
Jack Groh
Groh Associates
[email protected] email
401 732-1551 telephone
401 732-0547 fax
401 952-0886 cell/pager
 
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