Driving the road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk is a long journey over a frozen road. In April of 2010 Marcelo da Luz drove a three-wheeled, unheated solar-powered car on the 187-kilometer (116-mile) "ice road" in Canada's polar north. The ice road is an extension of the Dempster Highway, only accessible during winter months, when the sun is low in the sky.
Initial good road conditions changed to large cracks in the ice road, causing flat tires, bent rims, broken fairings, and even a crack in the electric motor housing. Temperature on the ice road dropped to -10 C (14 F). Marcelo and the car made it, using only electricity generated by the car's solar cells.
During May of 2012, the Power of One Solar Car Project team will be pulling their world-record-holder solar car by hand 475km (295 miles), a 28-day journey, zigzagging across communities between Toronto and Ottawa. The purpose of this "Pull for the Environment" is to challenge everyone to do a little bit for the environment, by inspiring people to find fun and creative ways to change their daily habits in order to reduce their impact on the environment.
The Power of One solar car on the ice road near Tuktoyaktuk.
Photo courtesy EVWorld.com.