The Bochum University of Applied Sciences and thyssenkrupp proudly present the 7th SolarCar
Today the thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser has been fully revealed to the public during the rollout and has not only amazed the team behind it, but also the public, partners, sponsors, and family members. More than 500 people have been on campus to see the outcome of many months of true dedication and hard work. The blue.cruiser does not only stand out because of its extraordinary design, but also because it is packed full of innovation and sustainability.
Roll, Baby, roll
With obvious pride, the students walk in front of their car passing the cheering crowd as the blue.cruiser rolls for the first time in public.
Sustainability has been a key motivator for the team. The interior clearly sets new standards when it comes to the application of sustainable materials. Using natural fibre for surfaces instead of carbon fibre and vegan pineapple leather (Piñatex) for the seats, the team has certainly shown that there are many alternatives for conventional materials on the market. For the first time in the history of SolarCars from Bochum, the blue.cruiser has four wheel hub motors and also offers space for four people.
The distance alert, a central locking system, an information display, heated seats and electrically operated adaptive running gears make the blue.cruiser a comfortable car. With a maximum speed of 120 km/h, the SolarCar cannot compete with a conventional combustion powered car, but during the World Solar Challenge the cars will be judged by factors such as sustainability and efficiency – which are the key strengths of the blue.cruiser.
The Who’s Who
During the course of the event, many speakers, such as the President of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, representatives of our cooperation partner, thyssenkrupp, the mayor of the city of Bochum and others have had an opportunity to share their enthusiasm and deep connection to the project with the visitors.
The who’s who of alumni and sponsors from the economic and the scientific sector made the rollout an event of great importance for the whole project.
All in all, it has been a day that will be surely long remembered by all its participants, as it has marked a major milestone on our way to Australia.