Panasonic announced its official support for the MIT SEVT team which will take part in the Global Green Challenge set in October at Australia. Panasonic will be supplying high capacity lithium-ion batteries to the team. In return, the MIT SEVT team will be placing the Panasonic logo on the body of the vehicle.
The Global Green Challenge is an offshoot of the World Solar Challenge which started out in 1987 in Australia. With the call for alternative power and fuel alternatives for better transportation, it looks like the attention has been on these solar powered transport alternatives. Mostly conceptualized by students, it would not be surprising to find a new vehicle coming out from these project cars as one of the sure observers will be the car manufacturers themselves who are soliciting ideas from such events.
Solar cars use motors which run on electricity generated by solar panels. Excess electricity is stored in their batteries. The batteries supply electricity to the motor when the electricity from the solar panel is insufficient, due to overcast skies or at night.