UM: Solar Car

The New York Times gives an update on the World Solar Challenge, a race of solar-powered vehicles through 1,880 miles of Australia’s outback. The column quotes Steven Durbin, a senior in aerospace engineering and the team’s project manager. Durbin says the team’s car, Infinium, weighs 650 pounds with Emcore solar panels – “the same ones NASA puts on satellites” – and batteries from A123 Systems, which also supplies Chrysler’s EVs. The piece also points readers to a blog that tracks the team’s progress. [Source]