Soleva's campervan is unveiled at the PVinMotion2024 conference organized by CSEM. Image provided by CSEM

Solar-powered campervan begins tour of Switzerland

12 June 2024 12:48

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Neuchâtel - Soleva’s photovoltaic campervan is setting off on a tour of Switzerland on 14 June 2024. It is equipped with high-performance solar modules developed by the CSEM Innovation Centre and runs on 100 per cent self-generated electricity. The campaign aims to promote sustainable mobility in more than 100 municipalities and cities.

An electric campervan developed by Soleva will be setting off on a tour of Switzerland on 14 June 2024. According to a statement, it will make stops in more than 100 municipalities to showcase the power of sustainable mobility. These include Lausanne, Zurich, Davos, Lugano, and Sion in the canton of Valais.

The van is equipped with lightweight solar panels that were developed by the Swiss Centre for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The vehicle can fully cover its electricity requirements with self-generated solar power. The modules have a daily range of up to 150 kilometres, which can be extended to almost 250 kilometres thanks to an advanced motor battery.

The solar-powered campervan was conceived by five EPFL alumni who joined forces to form the Soleva association, based in Renens in the canton of Vaud. Their goal is to create a milestone on the path to sustainable mobility. By converting the campervan from a diesel to a solar-powered engine, the CO2 footprint has been reduced by 80 per cent, they write.

“This project is not only a technical masterpiece. It also shows what can be achieved with passion, innovation and determination,” Curdin Wüthrich, co-founder and CEO of Soleva, is quoted as saying. ce/heg

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