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Iowa State Engineering Team Creates World's First Solar Utility Vehicle

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Could a parking lot have the potential to generate electricity for an entire college? A group of Iowa State University students may have been able to create a full-size racecar, completely run on solar panels, that has the potential. It’ll be toured around the state before being sent to a racing event in Australia this October.

Team PrISUm unveiled the new vehicle, called Penumbra, at a public gathering near the campus last Friday. Traditionally, the now 140-student group created one-seat racecars, but they decided to change it up in their latest edition with a four-seat vehicle. Hannah Olson of the Iowa State Daily describes the new car as “an intersection between solar racing vehicles and mainstream SUVs.”