PlanetSolar’s Turanor makes a habit of breaking world records and continues to do so by adding to longest distance ever covered by a solar electric vehicle.
The yacht is the world’s largest solar powered fully electric boat and has already completed more than 3/4 of the planned trans-global trek that started in Monaco in September 2010 and is currently enroute to Hong Kong after having just departed the Philippines.
The purpose of the round-the-world ocean voyage is help bring awareness that solar energy is a viable and reliable energy source and the world doesn’t have to rely on fossil fuels any longer for the majority of mankind’s transportation or energy needs.
Tûranor PlanetSolar is on track to become the first ever boat to circumnavigate the world using solar power alone. The EV is covered in over 500 square meters of solar panels rated 93 kW, which powers an electric motor in each of the two hulls. The yacht currently has a crew of four, but can host up to 200 people during ports of call while it promotes renewable-sustainable energy and environmental protection.
The German built solar powered yacht can reach speeds of up to fourteen knots and travel for up to three days on stored battery power without direct sunlight.
PlanetSolar currently holds two world records the longest distance covered by a solar powered EV and the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by a solar boat.
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