1984 Solar-Powered Car "Phoenix"

Summary

This car, the first solar-powered vehicle to cross the United States, was built and driven by students at a small college in Missouri. The Crowder College team developed the car for 1984's Trans-American Solar Auto Run. With a top speed of about 20 mph, their journey from San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL took 45 days.

This car, the first solar-powered vehicle to cross the United States, was built and driven by students at a small college in Missouri. The Crowder College team developed the car for 1984's Trans-American Solar Auto Run. With a top speed of about 20 mph, their journey from San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL took 45 days.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1984

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

88.330.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Crowder College.

Material

Metal
Plastic
Rubber (Material)

Color

Yellow

Dimensions

Height: 23 in

Width: 79.5 in

Length: 268.5 in

Inscriptions

Proper right side of front axle: EAGLE EP PICHER / Carefree Proper left side of fron axle: SOLAREX

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