Friday, May 15, 2009

The Power of One Solar Car Visits Miami City Hall

This Thursday, the Power of One solar car project visited City Hall. The Power of One is a project created by Brazilian born and Canadian resident, Marcelo da Luz. The project’s mission is to fulfill Marcelo’s dream and also inspire others to accomplish their dreams- all while benefitting mankind and the environment. The Power of One project is committed to promoting the use of clean and sustainable energy through the development and building of a functioning solar powered car, the X0F1.

The X0F1’s journey began on June 12th, 2008 on the shores of the Great Lakes. Since then, the car has been touring the United States, crossing the Continental Divide a record eight times. Completely solar powered, the XOF1 solar car reaches an impressive top speed of 75 miles per hour. The car accelerates from 0-50 mph in 6 seconds. It is equipped with 893 mono-crystalline solar cells. On a clear and sunny day the car can travel 300 miles, and with a full battery, 130 miles at night. The X0F1 has 26 lithium ion batteries, and the solar array generates 900 watts of energy, less energy than most kitchen appliances. It weighs only 470 lbs, and can hold one driver.

The next stop for the XOF1 is Key West and then up to Washington D.C. and then back to the Arctic. Marcelo’s motto is: “Inspired by the sun, motivated by the environment.” I wish Marcelo much luck in all of his travels.

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- Manny