Solar Energy

April 24, 2018

1988 Mana La Solar Vehicle

1988 Mana La Solar Vehicle
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1988 Mana La Solar Vehicle

The Mana La is powered by electricity generated when light strikes the photovoltaic cells that cover most of the surface of the body. Constructed by Paul Mitchell Systems in Hawaii during 1987 and 1988, the innovative vehicle made use of an arched-wing that was both aerodynamically efficient and allowed the solar cells to be placed to maximize energy output regardless of the position of the sun. These advanced features enabled the ultra lightweight racer to reach a top speed of 85 miles per hour and made it a strong competitor in the 1988 World Solar Challenge, a 3,000 kilometer (km) race from Darwin to Adelaide, Australia. Clean energy advocates favor the development of vehicles like the Mana La because their power is derived from an infinitely renewable source, the sun.
(Collection of the Petersen Automotive Museum / Gift of John Paul Mitchell Systems)

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