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Students create solar-powered car

A group of university students have created a car that runs on solar power.

A team from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia are working hard to perfect the vehicle, which is able to travel more than 100 km/h.

They wrote on their website: "For 2017, the Sunswift team is ready to tackle greater challenges through the manufacture of our new car VIolet. With Violet, the Sunswift team has prominently focused on showcasing the potential of solar technology through the manufacture of a much larger, yet practical four-seater vehicle.

"In comparison to our previous vehicles, the design of Violet is intended to enhance much greater levels of comfort and practicality through features such as four doors and seats, front and rear boot space, reverse camera and parking sensors, interactive interior display screen with GPS, air conditioning and many more features."

The team were originally building their solar vehicle to complete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

They added: "Since the founding, knowledge and experience from past Sunswift members have been passed onto the newer recruits year by year, resulting in improved design, manufacturing techniques, as well as material efficiency. In addition, team management structures have also vastly improved through those experiences. This has resulted in the continuous development of our vehicles, with the next generation surpassing the previous one in all aspects, whether it be in cost, technical performance, practicality or aesthetics.

"Originally, Sunswift vehicles were performance oriented, built to compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge challenger class in addition to only seating one or two individuals. Whilst this allowed the team to break multiple world records with Sunswift III and IVy and push the boundaries on efficiency and performance, these vehicles did not have the potential to be commercialised and used as an everyday vehicles."

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