Solar Cars Still in the Dark

Solar-powered cars may never be economically feasible, but the technology developed could still help reduce dependency on fossil fuels

On July 14 the students in University of Michigan's Solar Car Team unveiled the Continuum, a super-aerodynamic one-man racer that sports a shimmering armor of solar panels. The Continuum, UofM's ninth solar racer in 18 years, is a top contender in this October's Panasonic World Solar Challenge—a roughly 1,900-mile race from the northern to southern border of Australia. Compared with previous generations, this car looks less like something out of The Jetsons and more like something the average consumer might one day drive to work.

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