As technology advances to new heights, a team of dedicated students at Iowa State University is changing the world by developing the world's most advanced, fully sustainable electric vehicle. The first project of its kind for PrISUm, Penumbra will feature innovative technologies never before seen in a solar electric vehicle. During the first week of June, PrISUm will be unveiling the world's first Solar Utility Vehicle. After unveiling, Penumbra will travel across the state of Iowa to promote renewable energy and STEM education. After completing its state-wide tour, Penumbra will fly to Darwin, Australia to complete in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.
For one week, 15 students from Iowa State University will race Penumbra across the continent of Australia with the goal of winning the prestigious World Solar Challenge. During this competition, members will sleep in the middle of the Outback as they race across an entire continent on just the energy of the sun. Stay tuned in to our social media accounts for more information.
Penumbra will be the first of PrISUm's solar cars to compete at the World
Saturday, October 7th: Dynamic Scrutineering at the Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex.
Sunday, October 8th: Ceremonial start in Darwin, Australia
Friday, October 13th: Finish the race in Adelaide, Australia. (team will jump in Three Rivers Fountain)
Saturday, October 14th: Practicality judging
Sunday, October 15th: Awards ceremony in Adelaide, Australia
Following our informative and challenging experiences at the World Solar Challenge, we will now return to the American Solar Challenge during the summer of 2018 which begins in Omaha, Nebraska and covers thousands of miles ending in Bend, Oregon. This will be the first time there has been a multi-occupancy class of vehicle in the US race and we are excited to be one of the first to compete in this event. We have a long road ahead of us but with the support of generous partners, we are able to challenge the status quo and change the paradigm of transportation.