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Solar Car to present at North American International Auto Show

Posted: January 17, 2013

Solar Car to present at North American International Auto Show

The University of Michigan Solar Car Team will have a display in the Michigan Hall at the Auto Show. “Our car doesn't look like any other car at the auto show. At times, it can even be mistaken as a boat,” AOSS student and team member Jeffrey Cwagenberg says.

“Even with it's unusual shape, and weighing in at only 300 lbs, everyone is amazed to learn that the top speed we've taken it up to is 105 mph,” he adds.

The team will display two solar cars, one with the top removed so people can see the inner workings. There will also be an outfitted chase vehicle, which acts at the team mobile command center during the race. 

The team has presented at the Auto Show for the past two years. “Every year that I go back, it is exciting to see how the technology that we use in our vehicle is progressing into production automobiles,” Cwagenberg says.

Cwagenberg will be at the exhibit on Saturday morning, January 19.

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