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Sustainable race across Australia

The Panasonic World Solar Challenge (PWSC) will run from Darwin to Adelaide from 21 to 28 October.

The PWSC is the ultimate challenge in sustainable energy. It’s based on a competitive fieldof solar cars completing the 3,000km journey from Darwin to Adelaide, powered by nothing but the sun.

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of this biennial event, with 61 teams from 20 countries participatingacross three classes. Alongside the 42 solar cars (Challenge & Adventure Classes) are 19 vehicles which showcase the latest in fuel efficiency technology and low-carbonfuels (Greenfleet Technology Class).

The CHALLENGE Class features newly built solar cars and includes Canada’s Midnight Sun Solar Race Team, who currently hold the Guinness World Record for the longest distance travelledin a solar car.

The ADVENTURE Class attracts many weird & wonderful solar car entrants including Germany’s incorrigible Detlef Schmidt, who’s participated in every event since 1987 and been known to pack his solar car into a suitcase.

The GREENFLEET TECHNOLOGY Class are real vehicles that showcase practical transport technologies of tomorrow —vehicles run on everything from electricity to ethanol; canola oil to chip fat.

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