A Fully Solar-Powered Campervan Has Just Driven Through Europe

Oct 25, 2021

Traveling along the highways of Europe, a campervan named "Stella Vita" has driven almost 2,000 kilometers (1,242 miles) without stopping for fuel or plugging in to charge.

Described as a "self-sustaining house on wheels," the campervan has solar panels fitted to its roof and is powered by the energy of the sun alone.

It is fully equipped with living essentials including a double bed, sofa, kitchen area and a bathroom with a shower, sink and toilet. It can fit two people, who can drive, cook breakfast and watch television using just the vehicle's solar-charged battery, according to its creators -- 22 students at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

"The main goal is to really inspire people and the market and society to accelerate the transition towards a more sustainable future," says 21-year-old Tijn Ter Horst, a member of Solar Team Eindhoven 2021, which made the vehicle, with funding from sponsors. "What we're trying to do is to show people and show companies what's already possible."

The team started brainstorming for the project last September and they came up with the idea for Stella Vita in two months. From November 2020 until March this year, they designed the campervan, aiming to make it as aerodynamic and lightweight as possible while still making it look good.

By July, they had finished building it and started to test the vehicle on the road. The camper was licensed for use on public roads at the beginning of September and began its European tour later that month.

Read the full article from CNN here.