ISU Team to Build Street-Legal Solar Car

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AMES, Iowa -- The Iowa State University Team PrISUm unveiled its 2016 version of its solar car.

This one features a brand new energy efficient engine. But what they are planning for 2017 is even bigger: A four-person, street-legal solar vehicle.

The 2017 vehicle is being built to compete in a competition held in Australia. The 2016 car costs over $300,000, and its new engine replaced an engine that had served various cards for about nine years. The car next year will cost around $700,000. It will also have to be transported to Australia.

The car next year will cost around $700,000. It will also have to be transported to Australia.

The 2017 car, dubbed Penumbra will also travel to all of Iowa's 99 counties as an outreach for Iowa State University.

"We believe to fully bring this technology to roadways you see around you need to bring a project that you could purchase today," said Matt Goode, leader of Team Prisum. "The end goal of this car is to be 100 per cent street legal, and basically sit in a dealer lot and you could purchase it."

The PrISUm group recognized all the students Thursday who had various roles in producing the 2016 PrISUm car, from engineering to fundraising, to exterior finishing.