Ok, so BioPower isn’t solar, but sugarcane is grown under the Australian sun.
The World Solar Challenge is taking place right here in Australia from the 21st to the 28th October.
Team Ethanol comes out of Queensland, where the sugarcane grows, and they’ll be driving a Saab 9-5 BioPower, presumably with a fuel truck in tow as there’s no E85 pumps here in Australia.
The World Solar challenge is primarily for solar powered vehicles, but there’s several alternate classes as well. Team BioPower are part of the Greenfleet Class in the event, a class of vehicles demonstrating new automotive technologies offering a substantial improvements in the environmental profile. Electric, hybrid, and low carbon fuels.
The event runs north to south, right through the centre of Australia – from Darwin to Adelaide – a trip of just over 3,000 kilometers.
Team Ethanol are out to prove that ethanol is a practical fuelling solution for modern vehicles. The team’s vehicle runs on ethanol produced from sugarcane growth in Queensland’s Mackay region.
The picture below shows some of the Team Ethanol people with the Twike team from Switzerland, who are running an electric vehicle in the event.