One hundred twenty Iowa State University students are putting the finishing touches on the world’s first Solar Utility Vehicle. Named “Penumbra,” this solar-assisted electric vehicle has been made to change the paradigm of transportation. During the month of June, members from PrISUm (the ISU student organization that manufactured the car) are traveling to all 99 counties in the state of Iowa to showcase the vehicle. Benton and Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach offices and Click Stop are hosting a #SunRun99 stop at Clickstop in Urbana Iowa.

“During this time, everyone is welcome to check out this vehicle and even go for a quick spin!” said Smeet Mistry, Team PrISUm’s tour contact.

Like most vehicles found in dealerships across the state, Penumbra contains four seats and features Bluetooth audio and wireless charging for cell phones, Mistry explained. Where the differences begin is how Penumbra is powered. Instead of having a gas or diesel tank, Penumbra receives its energy from the sun. As the vehicle drives across the state, the sun recharges the on-board batteries. Fully charged, Penumbra has a “best in class” 200-mile range. On a sunny day, a constant speed of 40 mph can be achieved without any energy from the batteries. Once Penumbra completes #SunRun99, the vehicle will be flown to Australia to compete in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.

Interested in learning more about the vehicle, team, or renewable energy? Be sure to stop by Click Stop on June 21st at 2:30 pm, said Greg Walston, Benton County Extension Director.

“Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is pleased to partner with the #SunRun99 tour through our #99CountyCampus,” said Greg Walston, Benton County Extension Director

“ISU Extension and Outreach carries Iowa State’s land-grant mission throughout the state — everywhere for all Iowans. We serve as a 99-county campus, connecting the needs of Iowans with Iowa State University research and resources. We provide education and partnerships designed to solve today’s problems and prepare for the future,” Roxanne Fuller, Buchanan County Extension Director said.