The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project (UMNSVP) was founded by a group of undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in 1990 and competed in the 1993 GM Sunrayce with its first Solar Car, Aurora I. Since then, The Solar Vehicle Project has remained true to its original foundation as a student administered, designed, and built project that teaches members about engineering and management in a complete product development environment.
The team has built thirteen solar vehicles, and is one of the most decorated teams in America. UMNSVP has raced in over 30 different solar challenges in 4 different countries.
Eos II, the team's most recent vehicle, exemplifies the change of direction that the University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project has taken in recent years. UMNSVP was the first American team to compete in the Cruiser Class at the World Solar Challenge. In addition to speed, the cruiser class focuses on how practical and consumer-friendly the solar car can be. This poses several new design criteria to give the team room to innovate.
Eos II was one of only five cruiser cars to completely finish the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge on its own power and also received 1st place in the Formula Sun Grand Prix and 2nd in the 2018 American Solar Challenge. Eos I placed fourth in the 2016 Formula Sun Grand Prix and tenth in the 2016 American Solar Challenge, the only cruiser competitor to qualify for either race.
Click the link above to participate in SVP’s Adopt a cell. The suggested donation is $50 per cell. Everyone who adopts a cell will be mentioned as a Friend of the Team at z.umn.edu/friends-of-SVP . Mouse over a yellow cell on the solar array to see who adopted it! Please note that all donor names may not appear on the graphic immediately.