Solar Car on the Square
During the month of June, in preparation for the World Solar Challenge, ISU students are driving their 4-passenger Solar Car (Penumbra) through all 99 counties in the state of Iowa to showcase the vehicle. They will be in Marshalltown on June 24. A special event has been planned from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on the Courthouse Square.
Schedule of Events:
9:00 am – Police Escort as the Solar Car drives on Main Street east from 3rd Street to the Courthouse. Cy, the ISU macot, will be in town walking in the parade as well!
9:00-1:00 pm – Show & Shine car show
9:30 am – Live Bands on the Square.
(BRAZILIAN 2WINS, HALFLOVES, and DAN TEDESCO)
10:30-11:00 am – Solar Car Presentation (half hour duration)
1:00 pm – Car leaves for next destination
STEM program – Kids can build their very own working toy solar car for free. (one per child)
Food Trucks with coffee drinks, breakfast items and lunch items will be available on the Square plus other vendors will be on hand.
Since 1989 Iowa State undergraduate students have been building a single-passenger solar-powered car that has been considered to be one of the five best in the country. This year, however, these ISU students have changed the game and are building a 4-passenger vehicle (Penumbra) which they will use to compete, for the first time outside the US, in the World Solar Challenge in Australia this coming October. This car is truly unique when compared to anything else that other U.S. universities are doing!
Instead of having a gas or diesel tank, the ISU vehicle receives its energy from the sun. As the vehicle drives, the sun recharges the onboard batteries. Fully charged, Penumbra has a “best in class” 200-mile range. On a sunny day, a constant speed of 40 mph can be achieved without any energy from the batteries.