By Ron Howells • 20 October 2021 • 9:37
A fully solar-powered campervan has just finished touring Europe without the need to charge.
The team started brainstorming for the project last September and took just two months to come up with the idea for Stella Vita. From November 2020 until March this year, they designed the campervan and their first aim was to make it as aerodynamic and lightweight as possible while still making it look good.
The vehicle can typically travel up to 600 kilometres (373 miles) on its 60-kWh battery when fully charged, even at night and when it is cloudy. On a day when the sun is shining throughout, its range increases by an extra 130 kilometres (81 miles). The team drove approximately 300 kilometres (186 miles) between each destination, at a top speed of 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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