Outdoor Hospitality News
For Campground & RV Park Owners

News for December 4, 2021

Solar-Powered RV Wraps Up First Journey

Share this article

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on email

Stella Vita is a solar-powered home on wheels. It’s the work of a student group consisting of 22 members from Eindhoven University.

The electronic caravan is a fully-fledged residence designed to complete a 1,800-mile (2,896 km) journey throughout Southern Europe to spread awareness about climate change and hopefully encourage people on the trip.

On October 15, after a year and a half creating Stella Vita, the group has successfully concluded its much-anticipated trip in Tarifa, the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula. However, it was not an easy task.

The Solar Team started their journey from their base in Eindhoven on September 19. At the start of the tour, the team posted on their official website “We start in the Dutch ‘City of Light’. From our home base, we are going to start the tour with our partners, family, and friends. In addition, we are going to make contacts and share our vision with expats living in Eindhoven.”

In addition to a valid license plate, the vehicle also passed all tests before it was allowed to hit the road. However, the solar-powered vehicle’s drivetrain malfunctioned. The team decided it was unsafe to travel on the road and towed the RV, stopping in Zolder.

In Zolder, the team’s engineers in vehicle dynamics worked hard to resolve the powertrain’s issues by assembling new components. After they had fixed the problem with the powertrain, they set off for Brussels, where they stayed for a night. The next destination was France, where the team took Stella Vita through Paris, Le Mans, Ile De Re, Bordeaux, and Biarritz. Following France, the group drove to Spain.

Although it was a smooth ride between Zaragoza through Madrid, after hearing odd sounds from the RV, The team decided it was time to be transported by trailer from Toledo to Cordoba to ensure safety.

After a series of obstacles, the team made it to their destination, Tarifa, after having traveled over 1,242 miles (2,000 kilometers). Meeting many students and climate activists, the team raised awareness and presented an innovative and sustainable method of mobility. The most impressive part is that the trip was completed without stopping for fuel or plugging in to charge. A self-sufficient home on wheels, Stella Vita, was powered by the sun alone.

Share this article

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Modern Campground

Modern Campground

Modern Campground is the most innovative news source in the Outdoor Hospitality industry. We provide global news coverage for RV Park and Campground owners, operators, managers, and their team members.
Connect on Social Media
MC Fireside Chats
Latest Outdoor Hospitality News
US Employers Slowed Down November Recruitment
Northampton County Campground to be Rebranded as Sun Outdoors
Airxcel’s Aqua-Hot Now Offers 125 Hydronic Heating on Select Units
REV Group to Release Fourth Quarter 2021 Earnings Soon
New 179-Site RV Park Opens in Oregon’s Ontario City

Stay Updated
Outdoor Hospitality News