The Tokai University Solar Car, winner of the prestigious 2012 World Solar Challenge in Australia and other global solar car races, was on display at Masdar City today. The car was on show as part of The Festival at Masdar City – a two-day celebration of sustainability for the community, which ends this year’s Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.
Also called the “Tokai Challenger,” Tokai University’s Solar Car team took the car for a test on the roads surrounding Masdar City, allowing visitors to The Festival the chance to learn more about solar energy’s potential.
Ultralight at 135 kilos and powered by thin-layer solar modules, the Tokai Solar Car has the capability to reach speeds of 330 kilometres per hour through its lithium ion 5.6kWh battery.
Organized by Masdar, The Festival contains various areas each with a unique theme and activities aimed at both inspiring and educating children and families. The event includes an organic market featuring farmers and vendors selling locally grown organic produce. There is also an exhibition area showcasing home solutions for sustainable living, eco stores selling organic arts and crafts, food stalls as well as live music and entertainment for all ages.
Children enjoyed interactive activities that are both fun and educational, such as flower planting, windmill building, eco craft workshops and a secret garden full of fun surprises. At the book swap families exchanged fun and interesting books, encouraging children to reuse and recycle.