Photomoto (1988)

Photomoto was developed by third-year engineering students in 1988-1989 to race head-to-head with the University of Waterloo as the first two solar vehicles built in Canada. Photomoto won that race, the Great Canadian Solar Challenge, and captured the first title of Fastest Canadian Solar Car.

Past Results

Great Canadian Solar Challenge 1989

  • First Place

Vehicle Specifications

Length

2.5 m (5.5 ft)

Aeroshell

Foam board, fibreglass and heat shrink plastic

Wheels

Three bicycle wheels

Drag Co-
efficient:

Unknown

Width

1 m (2.2 ft)

Chassis

Aluminum space frame

Transmission

20 gear chain and sprocket

Solar Array

192, 10% efficient polycrystalline silicon with reflectors

Height

1.5 m (3.3 ft)

Suspension

None

Top Speed

38 km/h (24 mph)

Array Power

200 W peak output

Wheelbase

2 m (4.4 ft)

Steering

Linkage

Motor

DC brushless

Vehicle Weight

104 kg (232 lbs)

Brakes

Mountain Bike Calipers

Battery

0.8 kg (1.76 lbs) Ni-Cd