Cycle 2016 – 2017:
Since 2016, 24 students of Bochum University of Applied Sciences are working on the task of designing and constructing a solar powered off-road vehicle on their own.
The motivation of the team is to build the SolarBuggy in a way that it can resist the most difficult off road scenarios like sand and dunes. To make sure that every detail is thought through perfectly, students of different majors, like electrical engineering or mechanical engineering, are working together in specialized groups.
The teams’ ambition is to finish construction in autumn of 2017, so the Buggy can be shipped to Australia to show what it’s capable of. In the Simpson Desert, the SolarBuggy will be driven across an 363 km long desert track. With the completion of this challenge, we also aspire to set a Guinness World Record.
Cycle 2012 – 2015:
Solar electromobility at Bochum University of Applied Sciences can look back at several years of experience.
While from 1999 to 2003, the SolarCar was still built in cooperation with “London Southbank University”, in the cycle from 2004 to 2005 the vehicle was already further constructed solely by a team of Bochum University of Applied Sciences.
Since 2006, the University proudly created five SolarCars to be part of the World Solar Challenge.
In late 2012, the SolarBuggy project, originating from beforehand mentioned SolarCar project, was initialized by with the donation of a usual buggy. The SolarBuggy project is being led by a team management comprised of students. The students of the team are from different majors like electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics and informatics.
In August 2015, the first SolarBuggy model was shipped to Australia. Later in November 2015 the team successfully travelled across an 829 km track through the Tanami Desert in 8 days. They challenged sand and dust only with the help of solar energy. It is the first solar based vehicle worldwide that accomplished an off-road track like that.