Placing fourth overall, Stanford’s handmade solar racecar, Luminos, was the top American finisher at the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
Stanford Solar Car Project
Featuring greater energy efficiency and handling than previous designs – while weighing in at only 375 pounds – Luminos, this year’s million-dollar product of the Stanford Solar Car Project, was unveiled last Friday, just a few weeks before the car is to be shipped to the Australian outback to compete in the World Solar Challenge.
Tesla Motors, maker of the electric Roadster two-door sports car, has received $465 million in U.S. Department of Energy loans — part of which will be used to build a new facility in Palo Alto. The Department of Energy estimates that, together with another plant planned for southern California, the loan will create 1,600 jobs in the company’s plants over the next few years.