This solar electric automobile was planned and built in 1987 by Andrea Pesaresi (Osimo, Ancona). It is powered by two electric motors providing about 700 Watts each combined with five lead batteries connected in series. A panel captures the sun’s energy and transforms it into electricity by means of a device that exploits the conversion factor of a photovoltaic cell to charge an accumulator that then supplies power to the motor via an electronic regulator. This Phoenix II took part in all the races organized in Italy for solar-electric automobiles from 1988 to 1991, from the 1st 4E Grand Prix held in Milan (3rd place), to the timed hill climb at Bolzano-Mendola in 1991 (4th place).
Presented by Andrea Pesaresi, Osimo (Ancona)
Weight: 179 kg
Chassis: chrome steel mesh structure
Body: in semi-loadbearing carbon fibre
Max. speed: 80 km/h
Range: according to the amount of sunlight and the performance