Stella the Solar Car hits the streets of Venice


Stella, the world’s first energy-positive car, made its West Coast debut and kicked off  National Drive Electric week in Venice today.

Stella is a multi-passenger vehicle equipped with and powered by solar panels that produces twice as much energy as it uses. It won the 2013 World Solar Challenge, birthplace of the storied EV1, which launched our era’s EV resurgence.

Stella was designed and built by students of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

National Drive Electric Week is a free coast-to-coast celebration designed to showcase the fun, convenience, can-air benefits and cost-savings of electric cars through EV test drives and related activities.

The fourth annual observance will take place in more than 130 cities in 35 states and abroad.

EV sales just reached their first quarter-million mark in the US.

UCLA is hosting National Drive Electric week with free  public ride-n-drives, Tuesday Sept. 16 from noon-4 p.m. at 365 Portola Plaza, on street just north of Perloff Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles 90095.

Free parking for all attendees in UCLA parking structure No. 3 at Hilgard and Sunset.

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