It's hot and uncomfortable, you have to lie down to drive it, and it costs about $250,000. This is the car of the future? A group of engineering students from the University of Arizona hope so, as they put the finishing touches on a solar-powered car they plan to enter in a biennial competition that requires the automobiles to drive about 2,500 miles and be able to reach speeds up to 80 mph, the Wildcat reports.
In addition to figuring out the mechanical problems of making a solar-powered car work, the group also has had to raise the funds to build it from sponsors, such as Boeing and Tucson Electric Power. Not an easy task in a gas-guzzling world. "People are more interested in power and luxury rather than being environmentally friendly," one student says.Kenneth Terrell