2017 PrISUm Penumbra

Star Car Iowa State University


Special Feature Car

Penumbra is the world’s first full consumer-oriented solar utility vehicle with a hatchback design capable of carrying four passengers. It was the product of two years of engineering, design, and manufacturing by over 150 students from PrISUm Solar Car at Iowa State University. Penumbra was developed to compete internationally at the World Solar Challenge (WSC), a cross-country race traversing 300 km from Darwin to Adelaide through the Australian Outback. the team and vehicle competed in 2017, as part of the “Cruiser Class” at competition which is a series of vehicles from universities around the globe designed to be usable and practical by the everyday consumer.

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    Iowa State University


    2017 PrISUm Penumbra


    Solar Electric