Every two years for the past three decades, the World Solar Challenge has welcomed some of the world’s brightest young minds to push the boundaries of technology and travel through the Australian outback in a solar-powered vehicle.
Diverse teams of students from over 30 countries design and build the cars, which are put to test across some of the world’s most challenging environments as they traverse 3,000 km from Darwin to Adelaide down the renowned Stuart Highway. This year’s race will take place in October, marking the 30thanniversary of the competition.
Panalpina was tasked by Bochum University (Hochschule Bochum) with the transport of one of the participants, known as the ‘thyssenkrupp blue.cruiser’, from Germany to Australia. Engineered by the SolarCar project team at Hochschule Bochum in collaboration with thyssenkrupp and with sustainability as a key focus, this impressive (and good looking!) technological feat is on its way to becoming one of this year’s protagonists.
Within the next few days, Panalpina will be completing the delivery of the blue.cruiser at its warehouse in Sydney, where it will be received by the students for final trials before the race. A multimodal logistics plan was put in place taking into account the different necessities of each part of the car to ensure the smoothest transition possible.
The shipment included a container full of equipment sent by ship, and the blue.cruiser itself which was flown by charter. Everything was handled by the Panalpina Exhibition & Event Solutions team in Hamburg, which specializes on time-sensitive transport and event logistics, in cooperation with the Ocean and Airfreight teams in Sydney.
For more information on the race, visit the World Solar Challenge website.