42 teams started World Solar Challenge 2017 across Australian desert

The solar-powered car race starts across the Australian desert. The World Solar Challenge 2017 has begun on Sunday where 42 teams will cross 3,000 km (1,864 miles) from Darwin city on the north coast to Adelaide city on the south coast. The race is expected to take a week where the car runs at a speed of 90-100 kmh (55-62 mph) which is only supported by the sun.

Tinuku 42 teams started World Solar Challenge 2017 across Australian desert

"This is the 30th anniversary of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge and competitors want to be part of it, they are interested in new regulatory challenges that reduce the size of the solar array without limiting the size of the car," said race director Chris Selwood.

The World Solar Challenge is a biennial event and this year involves 42 teams from 40 countries including USA, Japan, Germany, Chile, Netherlands, England, Malaysia, Belgium, Sweden, Iran, South Korea, India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Poland , Thailand, Turkey, Canada, Taiwan and Australia.

"Innovation is at the core of the event and the technology exhibited this year will affect sustainable solar innovations for vehicles and households in the future," said Northern Territory Tourism and Culture Minister Lauren Moss.

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