Feb 12, 2008 · 11:00 AM
You probably already heard about "An inconvenient truth" but have you heard of "an inconvenient car"? The Power of one solar car project (XOF1 for short) got a couple nicknames, "car without a country" and "an inconvenient car". The project started in the summer of 1999, as a grass route initiative from one person in Toronto to change the world by inspiring others has now become the most international solar car project in the world. The car was build to promote the use of clean and sustainable energy by setting a world distance record. Unfortunately, government red tape and politics in Ontario and other parts of Canada tried to stop the project. The team found a way to overcame government red tape. Thanks to the 1949 Geneva International Traffic Treaty XOF1 is allowed to drive on any country. As the 1949 Int'l Treaty overrule local laws. After contacting a number of different countries, states and territories the team took the car to another country, got it registered and licensed. In spite of all, the province of Ontario issued a letter saying "a solar car with a foreign license plate won't be allowed on its public roads". After years of delays the team is determinate to accomplish their objective to finally start a tour across North America this summer, driving across Canada (except the Province of Ontario) and USA and reach the artic on June 21st to have the solar car powered in the evening by the midnight sun. You will have a chance to see this "inconvenient car" in person, in New York on February 12th. The project was invited by the organizers of the Great Race to help celebrate the Centennial of the 1908 Great Race from New York to Paris. To celebrate the event a replica of the winning vehicle "Thomaz Flyer" along the other vintage vehicles and XOF1 will parade on the streets of New York from Times Square at 11:00am. Where XOF1 will represent the future. XOF1 motto is "Motivated by the sun, inspired by the environment". Now, here is some food for thought! XOF1?s solar panel generate 900watts, a toaster consume 1,000watts. With 900 watts of energy XOF1 can reach 50kmh (31mph), it is exciting to think that with less energy than what a toaster consume we can drive a car. XOF1 top speed is 120kmh (75mph), it goes from zero to 85kmh (53mph) in 6 seconds.