This Monday and Tuesday, we had a Q&A on our Facebook page. Some people asked us questions in our comments and in private messages. As promised, we’ll now answer these questions.
What are the restrictions of the car? How big is it allowed to be and how much may it weigh – what are the regulations?
The car will have four square meters of solar cells, four wheels and a length of about four meters. It’ll be approximately 1,8 meters wide and 1 meter high. Maximums are a length of 5 meter, a width of 2,2 meters and a hight of 1,6 meters. There are no regulations regarding the weight – but we won’t reveal ours!
Where do you work?
We have both a garage and a studio to work in. In the garage all the hands-on job is being done and in the studio we make calls, design things in CAD and do all the tasks regarding paper work, finance, logistics, graphic design, social media, sponsor relations, events and public relations. In the studio we also eat lunch, have coffee and munch candy from our sponsors. Every week we have meetings and hold presentations outside our facilities, as well. It’s like a company!
For how long have you been working on this project?
This year is the third time that we’ll compete in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Our first competition was in 2013 and then we started up our business in 2012. However, there are different teams and team members each time that we join the race, and this third time we started up the project in August, 2016.
What animal are you most afraid of in Australia?
We’re most afraid of snakes – but we think that the others should be scared of the moose!
Are all team members students?
Yes, all team members are students. All of us come from different JU schools: JTH (The School of Engineering), JIBS (Jönköping International Business School) and HLK (School of Education and Communication). Earlier years, the JU Solar Team has consisted of only engineers, so it’s anew concept this year!
What is most challenging?
Multitasking: handling everything at the same time – we’re like a company but still not and we have to solve everything ourselves. The communication: there are so many involved in this project – students, schools, companies, sponsors, media – and all of them need information and dialogue. Also, the time: some of us are already full time students where this project comes on top of the ordinary studies. However, we like challenges!
How much coffee do you drink?
We got sponsored with coffee from Zoega – but we ran out of it. Does that answer your question?
What sponsors do you have so far?
SSAB, Husqvarna, Nevs, Bubs Godis AB and Jönköping University – among others. Take a look at http://jusolarteam.com/partners/!